The Illusion Of Political Representation

While representational democracy allows for greater defacto political participation than the harsher political systems of the past, it still uses its political power to disempower its people politically, only this time in the name of democracy through the illusion of political representation.

Therefore, democracy as an empowerment concept is tenuous at best if at all.  It is further compromising because it is a size determined system that becomes less democratic the larger the voting population becomes, because the larger the number of voters represented within an election, the more it minimizes the real effect of each person’s individual vote.

Representative democracy’s large scale elections really act as a form of mass disempowerment in which the individual’s ability to personally affect the outcome of political events decreases as a voting group’s size increases.

The greater the amount of people that participate within a given democratic system, the more the people within it will be forced to develop into political factions in which individuality will be submerged within conformity, which is actually an anathema to the whole idea of democracy empowering the individual person.

This allows the system to disempower the individuals within it by submerging them within political identities that define who they are socially and politically. This has permitted each state to structure their own people into political factions that are capable of forcing desired democratic outcomes.

This actually minimizes the individual’s political participation by turning them into collective voting blocks that are much more manageable than individuals are because voting blocks are still based on consensus where everyone must agree on one thing at the expense of all the others.

But is voting as a political action really being democratic?  Or is a real democracy one where each person is asked to participate as an informed individual first and only then as a member of the various social affiliations they claim for themselves.

Or is real democracy really mainly a political ritual that we go through to help us get past our own sense of political alienation and feelings of disempowerment?

Is Representative Democracy A Political Monopoly?

As a hierarchical system, democracy is a political monopoly, only this time of a democratic type, which is a softer and gentler version of political disenfranchisement.  Democracy, while it is said to be the best of all of our historic political systems, is still based on a hierarchical structure that limits the political participation of the people within it.

Through political representation, democracy concedes the political power of the people to their political representatives who then dominate the state in the name of its people. Democracy still results in the few at the top of society existing at the expense of the many on the bottom.

Therefore, while representational democracy is a noble idea, it is really only the latest form of political monopoly designed to funnel the social power of the people to those at the top, only this time democratically. Representative democracy is not inclusive and is, therefore, an exclusive form of democracy.

Because democracy is also a political institution of the nation state, it tries to limit participation within it to only those that it considers acceptable.  My system of Cosmopoly on the other hand would prevent political monopolies from forming.

Elected Political Representation or Political Placation

While the belief in elected political representation sounds noble what it actually is, is a method of politically placating the public, which actually leads to disempowering the public politically instead of empowering them. This political placation is accomplished by having people participate in political rituals, which are exalted as both the reason for the political system as well as the cause of its results.

While the idea of democracy seems inclusive and limitless, in reality it is not only structurally limiting because it is administratively hierarchical, but it is also psychologically hierarchical which allows it to dictate the way that we should and can think of the world and ourselves within it.

Democracy, like all of the political systems before it, is still applied within a hierarchical government structure that defines the nature of the political and social relationships within it. Therefore, even though democracy sounds inclusive, it is never the less, applied in an exclusive manner. This exclusive manner of seeing and organizing ourselves is and has been hierarchical and is, therefore, the only method currently conceivable to us which dictates the nature that the institutions and people that are defined by it have to take. My system of Cosmopoly would change all this.