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When the United States imposes its imperialist agenda on third world nations, what is the most common justification? “We’re spreading democracy!” Sure, their intentions may sound good enough, but what do our rulers really mean when they say “democracy?”
Why is it that every election year we are filled with hope and promises of change and are always disappointed even when our favorite politicians take office? It’s because your so called representatives do not represent you or your interests. They can’t because most of our class interests are different. Their agendas are funded by the corporate Capitalist class, thereby influencing the policies politicians put forward.
Maybe we’re asking the wrong questions. Rather, we should ask, “Why do we talk about changing our rulers when we really want to change our lives?”
In this context, your vote means nothing. Your “representatives” were bought and sold long ago. They’re the puppets of the highest bidder. Is picking the lesser of two evils really the best of all possible worlds?
As Oscar Wilde put it, democracy is “the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.” What are the functions of a politician in the first place? Essentially, all they do is talk, create laws, and declare war. Their jobs aren’t to change anything or challenge the status-quo, it is to keep things the way that they are.
Democracy, the illusion of control and choice, is the apparatus that keeps the masses from realizing how powerless they really are. Democrats and Republicans are in bed with the same bankers and special interests. Every time you vote, you vote for the corporate and big business parties with your choice of red and blue.
Perhaps this can be solved by a series of reforms you say. Unfortunately, as long as the control of our physical, social, and cultural environments remain in the hands of those with the most capital and private property, democracy will be perpetually corrupt.
“Beggars can’t be choosers.” The choosers are always the ones begging. They beg their rulers to serve them when they so blatantly serve those who fatten their pocketbooks and ensure future positions of power, so long as they continue to serve them that is.
Let’s do away with representation all together. Their power lies in the mass hypnosis that there can only be one legitimate decision making body; a single means in which we can improve and change our lives. We become dependent on the very institutions that prevent us from achieving the world we wish to live in. That is not freedom. In fact, that is the very definition of slavery.
Democracy means division, police, borders, war, prisons, and surveillance; all the things that ensures that a vast distance remains between government and the governed. It is to ensure that the power remains in the hands of the powerful and out of the hands of the people.
Replace democracy with freedom, true freedom. Let’s build new social structures that promote autonomy, mutual aid, self-reliance, and free association while arriving at decisions together instead of the Capitalist class making them for us.
A staunch refusal to take part in their game and the realization of the potential we, autonomous and independent human beings, have to take back control of our surroundings and our lives is the first step towards living in a world not only without government, but a world where there is no need for government.