Thursday, June 19, 2014

It is high-time to rethink on the compatibility of Power-State model for democracy

Introduction  

America invaded Iraq to restore democracy in that country, after killing its despotic ruler, Saddam Hussein. There were leading news-item in every world newspaper recently ( 12th June, 2014) that the Sunni rebels of the present government in Iraq captured major cities in the state, and thousands of families  are fleeing to safer pockets of the country.

The rebels in Syria have been fighting a similar battle with the present ruler for many years now, to oust him and establish a different government.

Egypt has got her third President elected recently, after the bloody ouster of two in the span of 3 years !

Isn't it most sensible to reduce these constant phenomenon of bloody fights for grabbing political power, or to occupy the ruler's seat in the democratic world into its singular fundamental cause ? Though the cause that we propose here might look a bit philosophical, common sense of even ordinary persons would agree to it that, it deserves serious rethinking on the compatibility of 'power-state' model for democracy, the celebrated governmental system of EQUAL MEN.

Power has the following universal traits: 

1) It enables its holders to have absolute freedom
2) Power-holders' freedom is gained chiefly by the lesser freedom of those who are under the spell of it.

One's restricted freedom is caused chiefly due to his need to accept similar freedom of others. I can not have my absolute free-ways when others also do enjoy similar freedom. Therefore, under the spell of institutionalized or other forms of power, others enjoy lesser or no freedom at all, and then my freedom gains an absolutely free domain !I am the law maker, hence no one under ordinary circumstances will dare to question me. Therefor, I am free to care or not care for the freedom of others. In paper democracy, freedom is same for both the law makers and the ordinary citizen. But the fear of the power of the fiercely impersonal State often subjugate citizens, and force them to be silent.

3) It naturally grooms subjugation, and even develop worshiping tendencies in those who are under it, because, for the victims of power, subjugation, sycophancy and even worship only would ensure protection and favors.In many Indian States, followers of leaders often prostate before them, and touch their feet to express absolute subjugation and surrender !

4) Every human child grows-up listening to glorified stories about Kings,Queens and similar members of the Ruler class. Hence, every human-being unconsciously keep a secret desire to occupy seats of Power someday, so that they could enjoy the kind of freedom those Kings and Queens used to have. Modern democratic order gives ample opportunity even for ordinary citizens to dream big, and fulfill these dreams if they work hard. But such fulfillment of pathological desires should not have had any place in a governmental system of equal men ( democracy) !

5) Power usually claims of its ability to achieve instant changes in society, simply on its above listed strengths. But by all logic, such advantages of Power suffers heavily on the ground of its multitude of draw-backs with regard to the general peril of freedom and rights of the ordinary citizens. It is enemy number one of true democracy, if it is to remain a genuine governmental system of Equal Men.

Power is not the one and only fuel for bringing forth revolutionary social and political changes in the world. The best example is just in-front of us, in our own country; the successful struggle for independence led by Mahatma Gandhi against the great British Empire ! The idea of inalienable individual freedom and liberty that the American revolution had brought in also had its real roots in the writings of philosophers like John Locke and David Hume.

Bringing an end to the evil of Slavery was rather a personal mission of Abraham Lincoln. He had to fight a serious civil war with his own country men to bring-in the revolutionary law of banning slave trade. He later clarified his actual definition of a true democracy; ' As I won't be a slave, I won't be a master too, and this explains my idea of democracy'. His words express his clear stand against the present trend of choosing our 'masters' through elections in modern democracy.

6) It is advocated that in the absence of power, chaos and disorder will prevail. We have taken up this case in one of the portions below, to show that delinquency of every type emerges from power and power abuse. In other words, chaos and disorder appears in societies that have been under some or other kind of long spell of absolute power. Humankind was never tested for no-power kind of social structure in history. But the isolated examples of customer behavior at modern malls and shopping centers etc., where they are free to pick up merchandise of their choice and then pay later at counters etc. should be treated as note-worthy model to forecast similar human behavior of citizens in a control free social atmosphere.When people are accepted and recognized as trust worthy, they tend to behave that way, with unprecedented responsibility. Most likely, they will show more responsibility and maturity to voluntarily obey all social norms and ethos.

7) Power kills, or blocks originality and creativity. Under Power-regimes, creativity and originality are supposed to be the exclusive privilege of those who are on the power-chairs. The ones under the spell of power take all pains to conceal their creativity and originality, to block the wrath of the masters ! What the power holders want is mere support and adulation of their ideas, and they always show the tendency to hate, and even destroy every sign of creativity from others.It threatens their sense of superiority ! ( Following blog link throws light on how Power and authority kills originality and creativity in modern organisations; http://perilofreason.blogspot.in/

The stories of world famous despots, killing and eliminating the best minds ( artists, scientists, innovators etc) the moment they occupy the Power-chair are popular.  (Eg. Russian and similar revolution stories in history )

Under what logic, democracy- the governmental system of equal men- should keep a Power-state model ?

A government when formed through the democratic process of election, and when it holds the State power as it was usual during the old regimes, every one under such Power-regime, especially the political opponents, always has to bear with power abuses of varying degree, because, power has its psychological, institutional and traditional grip upon those who are under it. No institution or law is capable of standing against Power, whether it is in the hands of a monarch, a despot, or a democratic ruler ! Despite the prevalence of democracy for many centuries in the world, it could not produce any alternative governance model, fit exclusively for the governmental system of equal men.Hence, the ones who could not make it to the throne always nurture power-ambitions, ( as power is the only real way to have complete FREEDOM for the seeking individual, and his group) and adopt various means to achieve their goal.

Armed attempt is one of such methods to take over Power. A ruler holding POWER is always an existential threat to every one under it. The threat may not be always real, but many times it is imaginary too . But the end outcome would be always the same; ie armed opposition to the throne, terrorist tactics, guerrilla war-fare, or ethnic conflicts with the throne for separate statehood etc. We have ample examples in the current history of modern world. Besides the examples of Iraq and Syria referred above, we had the bloody story of the annihilation of the Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka in the recent past by the ruling native government. In Nigeria, the Boko Haram radical Islamist group want to take over state power, and rule the nation under hard-line Islamic laws. In every case, what the rebels want is total hold on governmental power, so that they could have their own ways ! Through the medium of modern state power, one can have his own unlimited ways, whatever it might be. State power is the ultimate means for having ultimate freedom for oneself and his group. Every one who could pose threat to my freedom is now under my absolute control, so there is no hindrance at all for my, or my group's freedom. Now on, it is my will and my way all the way; absolutely !

Think of a total paradigm shift. If world could produce myths and values around a true governmental system of Equal men as per a totally altered democratic system and values ? What if future States are constituted without the mandatory element of POWER to govern nations of EQUAL MEN ?

It is plain common sense, cause-effect paradigm that delinquency is always caused as a pathological reaction against misplaced use of power. No animal is known to submit to power and authority of another unrelated animal without coercion. It was always involuntarily enforced upon the less powerful, and the latter oblige to submission out of utter necessity, or for the fear of cruelty, or even death from the hands of those who holds power !. So, delinquency could easily be understood as a mental condition caused directly by the existence of power as an inevitable malady in society. Power nullifies the entities of the ones under its spell. It can never accept the value and dignity of the other party. Power is a primordial evil force of the remote past. It should never have been adopted as the fuel in a governmental system of equal men- democracy. When it is present, no term of equality, rights or liberty could co-exist with it, in every practical and real term. Failure to recognize this chemical or physical law, is at the bottom our age's massive failure at peace and equality efforts.

A future enlightened world could be visualized only when such societies completely oust power-concepts from their governance principles and systems, by some of other means.

As there was no alternative value, or myth about governing masses and nations sans the fuel of Power, even when the once oppressed members in society managed to defeat their oppressors and then constitute their kind of establishment, they too adopt the same old Power-ways of their one time oppressors; ie. using,or enjoying the sinful sense of Power to the maximum ! The fate of the communist regimes is the best example.Their leaders who fought capitalistic masters and occupied the Power-chairs of States had no alternative model to govern people other than the same old Power-way. Hence, every communist government ended up adopting the capitalistic Power-way, or perished without achieving their cherished egalitarian goals !

Unfortunately, human societies today are at loss to think of anything beyond a governmental system of Power, let it be the exclusive governmental system of EQUAL HUMAN BEINGS, ie. democracy !

Think of how human civil society traditions managed to establish sustainable norms about garbage disposal, or electricity and water distribution. Or, how mankind had managed in educating their young with knowledge of the past generations ? It was able to eradicate many self-destructive evil traditions like polygamy, unequal status of women in etc. in societies. Similarly, once we could recognize and accept that, institutionalized state power does dreadful harm to every society than any good,  we could eradicate it, and think of a hundred alternative ways and systems to self-govern our collective affairs, without the intervention of coercive POWER !.

Think of the excellent way in which modern societies manage their corporate governance. Sense of responsibility and self-excellence are adequate,natural inspirational tools for men to achieve excellent result with their given goals, as well as to create never heard creative means to achieve such goals !

Any single human-being when entrusted with institutionalized state power, involuntarily transform himself into a monster. He loses all his individualistic traits that makes him a single-unit in society. From now on, he represents the fiercely impersonal State. Despise and contempt towards the unattached single individuals, helpless and powerless, comes to him naturally !

Violence of every kind originates only in two exclusive ways; one as the natural revenge of the oppressed towards their oppressor, and two, that emerge in the power-holders from the despise and contempt towards the powerless individuals, especially those who dare to stand against, or question the authority of the power holder. Both parties see their victims not as single individuals, but as part of a greater evil whole.As it is obvious, power, especially institutionalized Power, is at the root cause of every kind of violence in the world, and the chief threat to world peace !.

The ones who had suffered under some or other kind of Power-atrocity, do develop one of the following reaction patterns towards life and the 'others' in society:

1) Learn to bear with after internalizing the power-atrocities, so that he never reacts, but exist peacefully with its evil ways. They even believe that Power is a necessary evil in every society, for its orderly functioning.

They kill their sense of self-hood, and attempt to live like a nullified entity. The slaves under the old colonial masters had adopted this method, it appears. From this groups, many a pathological, neurotic illness also  take birth. These men practice to live entity-less lives out of necessity. Some of these men take to various kinds of crimes too, as without their already annihilated sense of self, they get immune to such sentiments of other men too. Hence, they get free from every sense of remorse and guilt. They face life like life-less machines.

2) The fire of the sense of self of man is never extinguishable. Even after thousand years of captivity and oppression, the flames of freedom and unhindered self-hood takes buds, and attempt to annihilate the oppressor. A moment of slackness from the part of the master-oppressor kindle such flame, and revenge is taken upon the oppressor.

3) Lie down and pretend subjugation. This group goes on planing their counter attack clandestinely, and adopt gorilla tactics and secret army tactics every day. Modern trait of terrorism could be classified into this category. This group know that an equal strength strike is never possible against the powerful oppressor, hence a prolonged but never ending armed agitation would bring best results. For this group, even an imaginary sense of powerlessness before the powerful is enough to plan their strategies and strikes. This involves an extreme hatred too, towards the ways and cultures of the powerful, or the oppressor. The hatred of the Muslim terror groups against the much powerful Western powers, seems to be a manifestation of this kind of a reaction against Power.



Power need not be always that of armed power. It could be the power of money and resources too

Powerlessness suffered by modern man is not always from the despising and neglectful attitude of modern democratic regimes towards ordinary citizens. The sentiments expressed by the US population recently, by the name' Occupy Wall street' etc., saying that it is the struggle of the oppressed 99% against the all controlling 1% elites in the capitalistic nation is one best example. The agitator's claim has much substance too, if the latest researches on inequality undertaken by many reputed institutions like Oxfam, Zurich University and others are to be believed. All such research studies reveal that more than 50% of world's wealth and resources are in the pockets of merely 70 or 90 rich business families or groups in the world !
This trend of more and more money and resources getting accumulated in the hands of fewer and fewer people every year was always known as a clear trend of modern capitalism. The majority of the world who are fated to compete for sharing the remaining 50% wealth and resources that fall from the table of the rich and powerful, a sure and certain feature of modern Capitalism, naturally create large scale aspiration for full-scale freedom and equality, thanks to the inextinguishable flame of the sense of self and dignity of man referred somewhere above.

Though modern media put all the efforts to show contemporary world as open, transparent and egalitarian under capitalistic-democratic order, the never ending bloody wars for capturing state power in every corner of the world that we have seen in the beginning of this write-up exposes the lie.

Modern world must find out better models of egalitarianism, freedom and individual dignity, to end the above serious malady of this age. Some models are suggested at our blogs: http://whatequalityshouldmeanindemocracy.blogspot.in/, http://democracywithoutpoliticalparties.blogspot.in/2010/11/model-of-democracy-without-political.html etc.

A possible different story on the origin of the first establishment in the world can be seen at link: http://originofestablishment.blogspot.in/

Please visit following link to see about the great vacuum in the world for a new philosophy of life: http://newphilosophyoflife.blogspot.in/

The blogs that follows down under explains, why a reinvented democracy  a dire need of our age,

Authored by: Abraham J.Palakudy
Founder
www.conscienceofthesociety.com: A philosophic non-profit that stands for reason and justice,  and a reinvented democracy as a prerequisite for achieving these goals.
contact us at : ajoseph1@rediffmail.com, and conscienceofthesociety@hotmail.com

Monday, March 14, 2011

The self contradiction in government's traditional authority over its citizens, and its constitution that guarantees them freedom, liberty and dignity of self. 


The myth of the authority and power of governments over its citizens is as old as males' supremacy over females.When man's sense of reason attained maturity, the latter myth has been dissolved, and men and women were declared equal before law. But the former myth remains intact even now, despite the emergence of Democratic ideals that declare democracy a political system of equal human beings. In democracy,people sit together, discuss, and form a constitution that primarily meant for restricting the government itself, (of equal people) from using the traditional power of such governments over the member citizens who are equal participants in the governing process.


Coercive states were the sole threat  for man's freedom,liberty and dignity of self in olden times, hence having democracy without taking away these traditional authority and power that states enjoyed for time immemorial  was plainly self-contradictory !  Insisting that a state wielding power should NOT to use it, is like insisting  a predatory animal to NOT hunt for its prey ! Power is an energy habituated for violating the rights of others, and it is satiated only when  it is put to use in the act of suppression and oppression.


Hence, having a state  with pious Democratic labels attached to it, and at the same time bestowing at its disposal coercive state powers was an arrangement of plain self-contradiction.Our modern day democratic states plainly suffer from this self-contradiction.


The chief reason for this pitiful self- deception seems to be the mistaken belief that Democracy should mean only running of the old state machinery by members of the 'species of  people'. The strict NO-NO was only  for any one from the species of Kings,Royals, or foreign rulers - the old oppressive class.  It was wrongly concluded that when some one like them, (the people) from their own midst  run the state machinery, such governments will not use the traditional governmental authority and power over its people. It will naturally be a government based on collective Reason and wisdom of the citizens! 


No one thought of the inherent self-contradiction in it, as depicted above. How can an old  convention suddenly change its colour without altering the very motivational energy involved in its running ? The crux of the problem was the FUEL that had run the traditional states, ie. its power and authority over its people. This fuel of coercion was the one singular item that was supposed to be replaced with universal human reason and wisdom, for running the government of EQUAL CITIZENS.


Men's collective wisdom failed to recognize that a sharp knife will cut and injure even if it does not intend to do so,because it is the inherent nature and purpose of a knife !


Hence, today's democracies live mostly on deceptive rhetoric to maintain its pious image, concealing its old interior anti-people and anti-liberal energies. Mankind is yet to invent a governmental system that could work on non-coercive methods fit for EQUAL CITIZENS. Such a government only would deserve to be called truly democratic. What we celebrate in the name of democracy today is only a self-deception in the name of the great ideal.  

( We have published a book recently titled ' Is modern democracy a fake coin? ' at Amazon.com. The link towards its(@ $0.99) KINDLE version is: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NNPG32 ) 

Note: Hollywood actor Russell Brand shares the above important mission of mankind- ie. A reinvented democracy: Read his recent article that appeared in 'The Guardian' ( 5th Nov 2013) under the 3rd post in this blog series ( why reinventing democracy a dire need of our age ?) 



Friday, February 25, 2011


How Democracy has become a tool in the hands of RIGHT wing ideologists?


In pure philosophic term, what we have as democracy today does not qualify to be called  a true political system of the people, by them and for them, because in its root spirit, it  is a plain competition among professional groups and political parties for capturing the THRONE. Their goal is to enjoy its proverbial goodies, especially its Kings time like POLITICAL POWER.

The old myth of the ' power and authority' centred government, that was fit only for the times of Kings and foreign invaders has not changed to suit a true government of the EQUALS during the transition time to Democracy. Hence the only reason why we should call the present system a democracy is that, the game is now played by our own species of people! The spirit of the ruler and the ruled, or the paraphernalia of the old governance system has not changed at all ! 

Democracy also has become a clandestine war between the only two sects in the world from time immemorial, between whom all the conflicts in the world can be classified into, ie. the ones who think that it is the prerogative of the strongest and the smartest to keep the less strong and the less smart under control, and in the opposite camp, the ones who are destined to be the victims of this mind set,ie. the less strong and the less smart in society !

 This is the RIGHTIST MIND SET of men, the leading ideology in the world

It is passively taught in schools in the form of inducement to become leaders of men, and in management schools as smart techniques to get subordinates under control in order to take maximum work output from them, and in country governance - as smart strategies to keep the citizens duly subdued, fed with NOBLE LIES etc. 

Politics has become the plain art of practicability, as to how to access the proverbial THRONE of the old RULERS, using any available methodology or ideology so that multitudes of men can be brought under legitimized control !

It is this old conflict that is in play in democracy too, as its reigns have been smartly abducted by the former camp, after finding the great ideal a very convenient means to play their game with some element of legitimacy. The drama of election, the only symbol that is projected as the sole centre and crux of democracy by its abusers, is helping them to claim such legitimacy. When such legitimacy is achieved in the route of elections, and once the THRONE is secured under control, people’s name is used as mere symbols on their flags, to continue the deception.

What happened to our democracy is in line with many other popular institutions in the world today, including, unfortunately that of media too ! Human society is still in the grip of the RIGHTIST ideology, a mind set that is a sure remnant of the old jungle legacy of mankind. Hence, changes have become impossible with out revolutions of some sort to free the human spirit from the grip of these block.

No philosophy of life is seen in the immediate sight in the world to counter this mind-set of the majority population. Communists attempted one, but they also did not have anybody free of this old mind set in their camp who could set the laws of the society straight - - the ones who got into the throne, immediately started acting like their past masters  whom they had once wanted to annihilate !

 A new philosophy that could urge people to discard their inborn jungle desire to keep their fellowmen under control and oppression is the need of the day. Our children have to learn from schools that keeping the other men under control in the name of any social or political institution is not in good taste, or fit for healthy future societies. A true democracy can born only in such future societies !

Abraham Joseph
Founder secretary
Conscience of the society
www.conscienceofthesociety.com

Friday, November 26, 2010





Why reinventing democracy a dire need of our age?
Though India gained freedom from the British some 60 years ago and people have a government of their own since then, the common man of this country gets the same treatment from their various government offices that they used to get under the old rule. They get despised, ignored and made to feel like outsiders at government offices.  
The spirit of the ruler and the ruled has not changed at all. The power and authority of a  Police Inspector, or village officer, or the taxation and municipal officers is still the same as it was in ancient times! Our rules and laws are used more often to trap the citizen than to liberate him. For the common man, the relation between the state and the people is more or less felt like that between a predator and its prey! 
What had been intended to protect the weak from the strong has turned out to be an institutionalized scheme of things to strengthen the hands of the strong, and to shut-off the avenues of the weak to rise up and protest the violations of his rights. Now the institutionalized scheme of things could brand the protests as sedition, and jail the weak.  
               Democracy is said to be man's last of governmental systems. No other superior system is waiting in the future. So, we have to either improve it, or get annihilated with it! Without doubt,peoples' lives are not anything greater than that in the older versions of a government, but much worse, as we have seen above. Hence, this enlightened age has to probe into the causes that have made democracy a tragedy. 
We observed a few of the possible causes, and are happy to share it with the world.
1)   Democracy was exclusively meant to end the subjugation of man under any ruler, and to give him his DIGNITY OF SELF that he had never tasted in history before. But the old institution of government which was built around the myths of fear, power and authority was taken over by democracy as it was, with out modifying its foundational spirits. A peoples' own government never needed a government that is centred on myths of fear, power, and authority over its people.
Instead, what it needed was a government constituted around a spirit of REASON, WISDOM and COMMON SENSE. The fuel of governance in democracy should not have been POWER AND AUTHORITY, but peoples collective Reason and wisdom!
2)   Under a government built around the same old myths of political power over its people, a citizen will get his constitutionally guaranteed 'RIGHTS and JUSTICE only at the ‘MERCY’ of government officials, who wield power. Or else, he will have to pay a price and buy it from them. As you know, it is rampantly happening in the country. ‘Corruption’ is the name of this business of selling peoples RIGHTS for a price! It needs no introduction. A power centred government was never intended under democracy.' 'Power' and 'rights' can never go together.
3)   Alexis D. Tocqueville, the famous French Jurist who had visited America to observe its initial periods of democracy reported that when government officials in the US behave as SYMBOL OF PEOPLES RIGHT’, in other countries they act as a 'SYMBOL OF GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY’. Though our government officials are designated as 'government servants'; they act like the masters of people in the society, in all respects. 
4)   The greatest deprivation in this democratic country is not that of food, shelter and cloth, but that of dignified self identity. Indians are one of the most despised and scorned people in the world from the institution of government. Deprivation always leads to craving, and then hoarding. Hence, every one in the country is in a mad rush to amass wealth, or hoard power, because a citizen fears his deprivation every moment. People fight each other, and con each other, to prevent the other from gaining an upper hand in the matter of self relevance.  
5)     It is like men trapped in a great flood. Money and power are the only rare dry mounts where one could cling on and escape the calamity of non freedom, and the ignominy of being a common man! Hence we find this mad neurosis in our country for acquiring these two life boats! They are not ends in itself, but only a means towards feeling free. It is a protective shield against subjugation by government agencies and fellow men.
6)   When a citizen is respected and valued in his country, he will naturally learn to respect and value his fellow citizen, instead of fearing and despising him. People treat each other the way the state treats them. It is the simple logic behind people turning fearful of the other, and one treats the other as a potential enemy.
7)   In the process of providing EQUALITY for all, it was the dignified self identity that was wrongfully taken away from every one! One has no relevance in the country as a common citizen. As I am a no one, I refuse to accept my fellow being as 'some one'. Thus, every one treats every one else as 'no ones' -a social calamity in the largest democracy in the world. (You are invited to visit our blog post on EQUALITY at link: http://whatequalityshouldmeanindemocracy.blogspot.com/)
8)   Our fundamental right of ‘freedom of speech and expression’ has no meaning and effect till it is supported by a ‘citizen's right to be heard’. Thousands and thousands of unseen, unread, unacknowledged and unanswered applications, submissions, and complaints from citizens are piled up in our government offices every day! It is the primary cause of citizens getting compelled to adopt the ultimate coercive methods such as strikes, 'hartals', mass protests, processions, and ultimately violent means like destroying public property, movements like 'Naxalism' and 'Maoism'!
             This law for 'a citizens' right to be heard' was more fundamental than RTI, (Right for information Act) because when such a law exists, the need for the latter would only have randomly arisen.
9)  Every nation is mad about its 'sovereignty' status, but it forgets that its right to be 'Sovereign' originates from the sovereignty of its individual citizens. Democracy, a system exclusively dedicated for ensuring freedom, liberty and individual dignity of its citizens should not have moved an inch from this principle. But, after getting control over the government machinery, every democratic politician ignores this central goal of the great ideal.
10) Politics has become the art and science of capturing governmental power through few established symbols of democracy or periodic elections, wooing public for votes, and using all kinds of propaganda techniques to pin down opponents. Instead of the old time players of the same game like Kings and Royals, the game is played now by our own species of ‘PEOPLE’, hence we reverently call it 'DEMOCRACY'! The game sometimes gets bloodier than that witnessed in the older systems. How can peoples' own governmental system degenerate itself into a mere war for capturing thrones?
             As a system of governance, democracy is not different in any way from the old regimes, except in the fact that the evil practice of authoritarian governance is now enacted within peoples' own class and status. 
11) Elections, the most exemplified symbol of democracy, many times works like a 'lottery'. Peoples' choices are limited, like between death by hanging, or on the electrocution chair! They are helpless but to make a choice between available alternatives. This is their only name sake participation that the system has awarded them.
             Political parties spend millions on propaganda, and mind manipulation techniques to win the elections. Fighting the elections has become one of the most complex entrepreneurial tasks that politicians have to learn in the 'state craft', under democracy.
            It has all the features of a typical capitalistic enterprise in the business world. The spirit of democracy is more about the professional politicians' dream about entering into the business, and more relevantly, the DREAM of RULING A COUNTRY, with all its mythical attractions and gains! (Do visit our blog for further insights;
http://influxofcapitalisticvalues.blogspot.com/)
            People are mere symbols on the flags of political parties, for the purpose of false swearing! What we do with democracy today is the most glaring self deception of our age! We carry on the symbol  not for its originally intended goals, but to use it as a tool for  achieving hidden agendas, and goals of professional members of peoples own class, who have tasted its smart potential to become masters in a society. 
12) The singular factor that carries the great ideal of democracy into the realm of 'absurdity' is the political party system. The fight among political parties for power deprives democracy of all its intended good.
              The only goal, and sacred motive of the opposition party from day one is to find fault with the ruling party and to somehow bring it down. The very subject matter of democracy has degenerated into this absurd game! Instead of relying on plain Reason to guide the governments in policy matters, often populism crops in to guide them in decision making. (Kindly view our blog on a suggested alternative model of democracy without a political party system at link:
http://democracywithoutpoliticalparties.blogspot.com/)
13) One of the singular purposes behind installation of civic society in the world was to protect the weak from the strong. But the present model of capitalistic-democracy, according to multiple studies recently conducted by agencies like Oxfam, Zurich University and others, every year the percentage of wealth is increasingly landing in the hands of fewer and fewer number of rich men, families or corporate entities. This is simply equal to making the strong more strong in the world, thus defeating the very purpose of civil society initiatives in the history of mankind. When the very establishment is run by the above combine of the industry and politics, it always remain a realm of the strong in society, making the rights and life of the weak and the under-privileged always at the mercy of the strong !
The sad supportive role of Media in the game  
               Media has opted to take up this fight-game to entertain people, in a role similar to the 'bout managers' in a professional wrestling competition. They are romanticizing it as an integral aspect of democracy! Hence, people have no options but to join the entertainment, and enjoy the game. Nobody exists in the field to shout that the game is absurd, and 'the King is naked'. In this sense, mankind is totally 'orphaned' in the absence of any other agency to show them better alternatives in leading dignified lives.
 Though fathers of our constitution had kept adequate remedies in the constitution to prevent such calamities from happening, by keeping a FRATERNITY clause (that which deals with providing individual dignity to citizens in the act of governance) as a directive principle of constitution; it has unfortunately not received its deserved relevance, or central importance in any aspect of country governance. It is not the top agenda of our media nor is it a hot issue in the judiciary. Hence the ones occupying the seats of power can have their own ways to play around with peoples' destiny. A citizen's cry for justice would take years to reach the destined abode of justice.
Conclusion 
Hence, the freedom of the oppressor is complete in our democracy. Unlike in plain autocracy, the oppressor is invisible in democracy. Hence, the helplessness of people is also complete for he does not know at whose feet he has to fall for mercy, or whom to annihilate as the enemy of his freedom!
We consider that, if democratic governments adopt zero tolerance towards violation of an individual's dignity, rampant playing around with his freedom and rights would come to an end.  If adequately cared for, this clause in itself will suffice to treat most of the above witnessed evils in our democratic process. This can be easily done by introducing imaginative bills and ordinances in parliament so that the Fraternity clause becomes an item of top priority, and a valuable instrument to strengthen our democracy.
We should also consider that only our media can play the crucial role in getting our democracy reinvented with the required amendments of its foundational principles. Only they can put a stop to the ongoing deception with the great ideal, by ending their blind alliance in the game. To enable them to take up this task, they also may have to revisit their professional priorities and vows of commitment towards people, and mankind in general, deviating from their predominant priority of seeking out NEWS VALUE from every event. 

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Hollywood actor RUSSELL BRAND shares  this important mission of mankind-reinventing democracy. He writes articles and gives interviews on the theme these days ( last months of 2013) We reproduce one of his articles herewith that appeared in Guardian in NOV 2013.: 


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Russell Brand: we deserve more from our democratic system

o                                                        The Guardian, Tuesday 5 November 2013 17.57 GMT


I've had an incredible week since I spoke from the heart, some would say via my arse, on Paxman. I've had slaps on the back, fist bumps, cheers and hugs while out and about, cock-eyed offers of political power from well intentioned chancers and some good ol' fashioned character assassinations in the papers.
The people who liked the interview said it was because I'd articulated what they were thinking. I recognise this. God knows I'd love to think the attention was about me but I said nothing new or original, it was the expression of the knowledge that democracy is irrelevant that resonated. As long as the priorities of those in government remain the interests of big business, rather than the people they were elected to serve, the impact of voting is negligible and it is our responsibility to be more active if we want real change.
Turns out that among the disenchanted is Paxman himself who spends most of his time at the meek heart of the political establishment and can't summons up the self-delusion to drag his nib across the ballot box. He, more than any of us is aware that politicians are frauds. I've not spent too much time around them, only on the telly, it's not pleasant; once you've been on Question Time and seen Boris simpering under a make-up brush it's difficult to be enthusiastic about politics.
The only reason to vote is if the vote represents power or change. I don't think it does. I fervently believe that we deserve more from our democratic system than the few derisory tit-bits tossed from the carousel of the mighty, when they hop a few inches left or right. The lazily duplicitous servants of The City expect us to gratefully participate in what amounts to little more than a political hokey cokey where every four years we get to choose what colour tie the liar who leads us wears.
I remember the election and Cameron didn't even get properly voted in, he became prime minister by default when he teamed up with Clegg. Clegg who immediately reneged (Renegy-Cleggy?) on his flagship pledge to end tuition fees at the first whiff of power.
When students, perhaps students who had voted for him, rioted they were condemned. People riot when dialogue fails, when they feel unrepresented and bored by the illusion, bilious with the piped in toxic belch wafted into their homes by the media.
The reason these coalitions are so easily achieved is that the distinctions between the parties are insignificant. My friend went to a posh "do" in the country where David Cameron, a man whose face resembles a little painted egg, was in attendance. Also present were members of the opposition and former prime minister Tony Blair. Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party.
Obviously there has been some criticism of my outburst, I've not been universally applauded as a cross between Jack Sparrow and Spartacus (which is what I'm going for) but they've been oddly personal and I think irrelevant to the argument. I try not to read about myself as the mean stuff is hurtful and the good stuff hard to believe, but my mates always give me the gist of what's going on, the bastards. Some people say I'm a hypocrite because I've got money now. When I was poor and I complained about inequality people said I was bitter, now I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed.
It's easy to attack me, I'm a right twerp, I'm a junkie and a cheeky monkey, I accept it, but that doesn't detract from the incontrovertible fact that we are living in a time of huge economic disparity and confronting ecological disaster. This disparity has always been, in cultures since expired, a warning sign of end of days. In Rome, Egypt and Easter Island the incubated ruling elites, who had forgotten that we are one interconnected people, destroyed their societies by not sharing. That is what's happening now, regardless of what you think of my hair or me using long words, the facts are the facts and the problem is the problem. Don't be distracted. I think these columnist fellas who give me aggro for not devising a solution or for using long words are just being territorial. When they say "long words" they mean "their words" like I'm a monkey who got in their Mum's dressing up box or a hooligan in policeman's helmet.
As I said to Paxman at the time "I can't conjure up a global Utopia right now in this hotel room". Obviously that's not my job and it doesn't need to be, we have brilliant thinkers and organisations and no one needs to cook up an egalitarian Shangri-La on their todd; we can all do it together.
I like Jeremy Paxman, incidentally. I think he's a decent bloke but like a lot of people who work deep within the system it's hard for him to countenance ideas from outside the narrowly prescribed trench of contemporary democracy. Most of the people who criticized me have a vested interest in the maintenance of the system. They say the system works. What they mean is "the system works for me".
The less privileged among us are already living in the apocalypse, the thousands of street sleepers in our country, the refugees and the exploited underclass across our planet daily confront what we would regard as the end of the world. No money, no home, no friends, no support, no hand of friendship reaching out, just acculturated and inculcated condemnation.
When I first got a few quid it was like an anaesthetic that made me forget what was important but now I've woken up. I can't deny that I've done a lot of daft things while I was under the capitalist fugue, some silly telly, soppy scandals, movies better left unmade. I've also become rich. I don't hate rich people; Che Guevara was a rich person. I don't hate anyone, I judge no one, that's not my job, I'm a comedian and my job is to say whatever I like to whoever I want if I'm prepared to take the consequences. Well I am.
My favourite experiences since Paxman-nacht are both examples of the dialogue it sparked. Firstly my friend's 15-year-old son wrote an essay for his politics class after he read my New Statesman piece. He didn't agree with everything I said, he prefers the idea of spoiling ballots to not voting "to show we do care" maybe he's right, I don't know. The reason not voting could be effective is that if we starve them of our consent we could force them to acknowledge that they operate on behalf of The City and Wall Street; that the financing of political parties and lobbying is where the true influence lies; not in the ballot box. However, this 15-year-old is quite smart and it's quite possible that my opinions are a result of decades of drug abuse.
I'm on tour so I've been with thousands of people every night (not like in the old days, I'm a changed man) this is why I'm aware of how much impact the Newsnight interview had. Not everyone I chat to agrees with me but their beliefs are a lot closer to mine than the broadsheets, and it's their job to be serious. One thing I've learned and was surprised by is that I may suffer from the ol' sexism. I can only assume I have an unaddressed cultural hangover, like my adorable Nan who had a heart that shone like a pearl but was, let's face it, a bit racist. I don't want to be a sexist so I'm trying my best to check meself before I wreck meself. The problem may resolve itself as I'm in a loving relationship with a benevolent dictator and have entirely relinquished personal autonomy.
Whilst travelling between gigs I had my second notable encounter. One night late at the Watford Gap I got chatting to a couple of squaddies, one Para, one Marine, we talked a bit about family and politics, I invited them to a show. Then we were joined by three Muslim women, all hijabbed up. For a few perfect minutes in the strip lit inertia of this place, that was nowhere in particular but uniquely Britain, I felt how plausible and beautiful The Revolution could be. We just chatted.
Between three sets of different people; first generation Muslims, servicemen and the privileged elite that they serve (that would be me) effortless cooperation occurred. Here we were free from the divisive rule that tears us apart. That sends brave men and women to foreign lands to fight their capitalist wars, that intimidates and unsettles people whose faith and culture superficially distinguishes them, that tells the comfortable "hush now" you have your trinkets. It seemed ridiculous that refracted through the power prism that blinds us; the soldiers could be invading the homeland of these women's forefathers in order to augment my luxurious stupour. Here in the gap we were together. Our differences irrelevant. With no one to impose separation we are united.
I realised then that our treasured concepts of tribe and nation are not valued by those who govern except when it is to divide us from each other. They don't believe in Britain or America they believe in the dollar and the pound. These are deep and entrenched systemic wrongs that are unaddressed by party politics.
The symptoms of these wrongs are obvious, global and painful. Drone strikes on the innocent, a festering investment for future conflict.
How many combatants are created each time an innocent person in a faraway land is silently ironed out from an Arizona call centre? The reality is we have more in common with the people we're bombing than the people we're bombing them for.
NSA spying, how far-reaching is the issue of surveillance? Do you think we don't have our own cute, quaint British version? Does it matter if the dominant paradigm of Western Capitalism is indifferent to our Bud Flanagan belief in nation? Can we really believe these problems can be altered within the system that created them? That depends on them? The system that we are invited to vote for? Of course not, that's why I won't vote. That's why I support the growing revolution.
We can all contribute ideas as to how to change our world; schoolboys, squaddies, hippies, Muslims, Jews and if what I'm describing is naive then you can keep your education and your indoctrination because loving our planet and each other is a duty, a beautiful obligation. While chatting to people this week I heard some interesting ideas, here are a couple.
We could use the money accumulated by those who have too much, not normal people with a couple of cars, giant corporations, to fund a fairer society.
The US government gave a trillion dollars to bail out the big five banks over the past year. Banks that have grown by 30% since the crisis and are experiencing record profits and giving their execs record bonuses. How about, hang on to your hats because here comes a naïve suggestion, don't give them that money, use it to create one million jobs at fifty grand a year for people who teach, nurse or protect.
These bailouts for elites over services for the many are institutionalised within the system, no party proposes changing it. American people that voted, voted for it. I'm not voting for that.
That's one suggestion for the Americans; we started their country so we owe them a favour now things are getting heavy.
Here's one for blighty; Philip Green, the bloke who owns Top Shop didn't pay any income tax on a £1.2bn dividend in 2005. None. Unless he paid himself a salary that year, in addition to the £1.2bn dividend, the largest in corporate history, then the people who clean Top Shop paid more income tax than he did. That's for two reasons – firstly because he said that all of his £1.2bn earnings belong to his missus, who was registered in Monaco and secondly because he's an arsehole. The money he's nicked through legal loopholes would pay the annual salary for 20,000 NHS nurses. It's not illegal; it's systemic, British people who voted, voted for it. I'm not voting for that.
Why don't you try not paying taxes and see how quickly a lump of bird gets thrown in your face. It's socialism for corporate elites and feudalism for the rest of us. Those suggestions did not come from me; no the mind that gave the planet Booky Wook and Ponderland didn't just add an economically viable wealth distribution system to the laudable list of accolades, to place next to my Shagger Of The Year awards.
The first came from Dave DeGraw, the second Johann Hari got from UK Uncut. Luckily with organisations like them, Occupy, Anonymous and The People's Assembly I don't need to come with ideas, we can all participate. I'm happy to be a part of the conversation, if more young people are talking about fracking instead of twerking we're heading in the right direction. The people that govern us don't want an active population who are politically engaged, they want passive consumers distracted by the spectacle of which I accept I am a part.

If we all collude and collaborate together we can design a new system that makes the current one obsolete. The reality is there are alternatives. That is the terrifying truth that the media, government and big business work so hard to conceal. Even the outlet that printed this will tomorrow print a couple of columns saying what a naïve wanker I am, or try to find ways that I've fucked up. Well I am naïve and I have fucked up but I tell you something else. I believe in change. I don't mind getting my hands dirty because my hands are dirty already. I don't mind giving my life to this because I'm only alive because of the compassion and love of others. Men and women strong enough to defy this system and live according to higher laws. This is a journey we can all go on together, all of us. We can include everyone and fear no one. A system that serves the planet and the people. I'd vote for that.

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March,2014
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Few useful posts from a Linkedin discussion thread titled ' Democracy and Hypocrisy' ( March 2014) are reproduced here, making the idea of REINVENTED DEMOCRACY more transparent and clear:  
Abraham Joseph
Founder secretary at conscience of the society
Noam, Appreciate your broad vision !

I too am not fully agree with Rousseau in his view that the rich gets their motivation to be rich only for being above the 'wretchedness' of the poor, and for feeling a sense of being 'blessed' by nature. Their motivation is the same that motivate a political leader to have control over a whole nation, or that of a great music composer to produce a unique piece of music, or a writer to create a great book. The DRIVE is same. (I would love invite to to share my blog on ' existential drives' at link:http://unrecognizedobjectsofthemind.blogspot.in/)

The issue is raising social and political 'institutions' around one single group's creative and innovative abilities. With the kind of democracy we have, where political groups compete each other to DEVELOP nations, encouraging and supporting this single group of innovators and creative men, it is equal to give control of the world into their hands, as nakedly happened today !

Refer to the value of good parenting by Ricky for nurturing good citizenship; the responsibility of parents here transcends self-interest. Enlightened parents never will attempt to nurture brutish qualities in the children The great value of a healthy society is embedded in their good parenting. The path of civilization that mankind has traveled so far becomes natural guiding light here for parents.

The kind of democracy that we ( men of mind like you, Ricky and all others in the thread) are duty bound to strive for is one, wherein its runners possess a parent like responsibility towards mankind/society/nation ! ( please share our -not so well written- blog on parental model of democracy, at link: http://parentalmodelofdemocracy.blogspot.in/)

This task calls for a massive re-writing of modern democratic values, a new democratic culture that stand apart form the old diabolic 'state craft' now practiced by the 'peoples class' at the Throne !

I agree with you that many new generation rich youngsters disgust their inherited wealth, and there are many rich men who had contributed much towards society. But their present day unbalanced influence in the world, unchecked by modern establishments, ( mainly democratic establishments) and even clandestinely supported and aided by them, should be a matter of great concern by all right thinking men and women. The Zurich university research report, the Oxfam reports.. all show empirical evidence that more and more wealth is getting concentrated into fewer hands in modern world. Their increased wealth cater to their increased FREEDOM over others, as wealth and power are sure and certain STRAIGHT means for increased FREEDOM of a few over the majority ! When democracy turns a direct means and partner for the above unjustified distribution of basic human freedom, it is what must become our matter of great concern.


Abraham Joseph
Founder secretary at conscience of the society
Steven, Leave aside the question of whether morality is inherent or inherited for a while..there was a thread at Linkedin very recently, exclusively on Kant's Categorical imperative; his view that morality is absolutely inherent. Even Bertrand Russel supports this view.

But when one is not FREE, and without a sense of dignity about his self, he usually can not be moral or even rational, because those who do not enjoy freedom are not 'entities' in its strict social sense. The multitudes of marginalized men in modern societies, those who live at the peripherals of the society, are entity less beings ! The self hatred they are compelled to internalize from the world is ultimately shown in his dealing with others. 'I am thrash, so you too' . These unfortunate guys can not respect social laws, as their society is separate, NOT what the mainstream media project 24X7. They fail to connect to such a mainstream.

These are the kind of men modern societies cause to produce every day in thousands, all over the world. So, more than morality, what modern democracies must care to ensure is f basic sense of safety, freedom and dignity of individuals. Morality comes naturally when men are natural entities
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