Democracy

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Concept.png Democracy 
(political system,  plastic wordSourcewatchRdf-icon.png
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Typepolitical
Interest of• Alliance for Securing Democracy
• Ivo Mosley
• Onora O'Neill
• Poynter Institute
• Giovanni Sartori

Official Narratives

The etymologically accurate official narrative is that these regimes represent a form of rule by the people. Historically, "democracy" used to be a term of abuse, with connotations comparable to those associated with the term "mob rule", while nowadays it is seen as a highly positive term.

Problems

The often unspoken assumption behind the modern use of the term by commercially-controlled media is that the party politics framework provides an effective reflection of (most) people's will. In the case of the USA, this is directly contradicted by the only academic study to tackle the topic, Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens a paper from the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics which begins by asking "Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless?" and concludes that "Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts."[1]

Choosing the least worst?

The 2016 US election provoked strong reactions and the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was widely seen as not representative of the aspirations of the US people[citation needed]. People worldwide appear to be waking up to the fact that whoever wins, the people themselves do not win, that in the world of the late George Carlin "the game is rigged".

Deep state control

Full article: Rated 3/5 Deep state

Many democracies are demonstrably controlled by deep state groups, who install puppet leaders to do their bidding. Mark Gorton has documented how the cabal exercises control over the US presidency[2], while the Bilderberg group has included at least 5 UK Prime Ministers to be, before they were made leaders of a political party.

Voting fraud

Full article: Voting fraud
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There is considerable evidence of vote theft by software in US elections, including peer reviewed academic papers and sworn testimony of people who coded the vote systems. However, the commercially-controlled media continues to treat the subject as a third rail topic.[3]

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Lobbying

Full article: Lobbying

Bribery has always been a form of control over the nominally independent political apparatus. In the modern era, what is euphemistically known as "lobbying" is an increasingly transparent version of the same thing. Put simply, lobbying is to bribery as tax avoidance is to tax evasion. Most politicians belong to the monied classes, and many are multi-millionaires, allowing them scope for "lobbying".

Exclusion

Some countries prevent certain classes of people from voting, notably criminals. As of 1999, the US denied the vote to a larger proportion of its population than any other nation state.[4]

Terror management theory

Full article: Stub class article Terror management theory

Terror management theory is a branch of psychology about how fear of death can overcome reasoned judgements, and do so subliminally, without subject population even being aware of the fact. This theory has not been lost on the architects of the "war on terror" Sheldon Solomon explains that "Five weeks before the 2004 presidential election, Americans reminded of their mortality or the events of September 11, 2001, reported that they intended to vote for President George W. Bush by an almost 3:1 margin. Americans in a control condition reported that they intended to vote for Senator John Kerry by a 4:1 margin – suggesting that subtle alterations in psychological conditions can have profound effects on political preferences that could skew the outcome of close elections."[5]

Cultural references

The Prisoner is centred on a village in which people are held prisoner with numbers instead of names. They hold elections of "number 2", who is the public face of authority, and is depicted in a technologically equipped command center which surveils the village. The unsuccessful efforts of the protagonist to discover the identity of "number 1" are a recurrent theme throughout the series.

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
1970s“[M]uch of the destabilization of British democracy in the 1970s can only be fully understood by analysing the international support given to groups like the Anglo-American “deniable propaganda” outlet, the Institute for the Study of Conflict.”David Teacher
Ziad Abdelnour“Iran's going to be finished and every single Arab regime that's like this will be finished. Because there is no room for us capitalists and multinationalists in the world to operate with regimes like this. Its all about money. And power. And wealth... and democracy has to be spread around the world. Those who want to espouse globalization are going to make a lot of money, be happy, their families will be happy. And those who aren't going to play this game are going to be crushed, whether they like it or not! This is how we rule. And this is how it's going to be as long as you have people who think like me.”Ziad Abdelnour18 November 2005
Corporate media/Censorship“would through a lurid light of distrust and disbelief onto our entire electoral system, political system and basically our democracy”Jonathan Simon24 November 2016
Financial system“The key master lie is this one:- that the politically-imposed (not economically-) the politically-imposed global corporate system calling itself the "global free market", that that politically-imposed global corporate system equals the "free market" equals democracy equals a solution to poverty.”John McMurtry2001
John Taylor Gatto“As a vampire fears garlic, the marketplace fears wisdom. Well schooled populations are usually trained to pay lip service to democracy. At the same time, they are being conditioned to avoid the attitudes and behaviors democracy requires. It's a dilemma without an easy answer, because though our national consciousness honors the idea of a democratic society, our national economy and our government would wither and die under anything less than a command-and-control reality. Would you teach critical judgment and moral behavior to everybody? Tell me something, if you would. How could an economy like ours, grounded in the global sale of war machinery, industrially produced meat, fruit and vegetables which has a nutritional value about half of what farm products did in 1940, that relies on financial trickery and the mass sale of magical programs of schooling (not all of them inside school). How could an economy like this endure in a climate of critical intelligence?”John Taylor Gatto2008
Katharine Graham“We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I think democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.”Katharine Graham1988
Michael Ledeen“Creative destruction is our middle name. We do it automatically.... It is time once again to export the democratic revolution.”Michael Ledeen
Nice truck eventDemocracy must not be weak, nor simply commemorate. Democracy must say "We will win the war."”Nicolas SarkozyJuly 2016
Barack Obama“In spite of the promise of “Change you can believe in,” it looks like things are basically UNchanged”Barack Obama
Bob Franken
Plastic word“In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning. Words like romantic, plastic, values, human, dead, sentimental, natural, vitality, as used in art criticism, are strictly meaningless, in the sense that they not only do not point to any discoverable object, but are hardly ever expected to do so by the reader. When one critic writes, ‘The outstanding feature of Mr. X's work is its living quality’, while another writes, ‘The immediately striking thing about Mr. X's work is its peculiar deadness’, the reader accepts this as a simple difference opinion. If words like black and white were involved, instead of the jargon words dead and living, he would see at once that language was being used in an improper way. Many political words are similarly abused. The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’. The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using that word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different. Statements like Marshal Petain was a true patriot, The Soviet press is the freest in the world, The Catholic Church is opposed to persecution, are almost always made with intent to deceive. Other words used in variable meanings, in most cases more or less dishonestly, are: class, totalitarian, science, progressive, reactionary, bourgeois, equality.”George Orwell1946
Political party“It doesn't make the slightest difference whether Republicans have control of congress or democrats. They're the same people. Look at their campaign contributions.”John Taylor Gatto
Michael RuppertIt’s organized crime. All you do is you call the Republicans the Genoveses and you call the Democrats the Gambinos. The people at the top, they treat it like a crap game. It’s their crap game, like they’re making lots of money. Occasionally, somebody at the table shoots each other, but the moment anything threatens their crap game, they all unite to protect it. ... They’re both controlled by the same financial, economic and corporate interests.”Michael Ruppert
Social change“Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.”William Lyon Mackenzie King1935
UK/Deep state“Even though we live in what's called a democracy, a few people will always run things in this country anyway.”August 2018
US/Foreign policy“Anybody who believes that a country's internal democracy is the determining factor in whether the West decides to move for violent regime change in that country, is a complete idiot. Any journalist or politician who makes that claim is more likely to be a complete charlatan than a complete idiot. In recent years, possession of hydrocarbon reserves is very obviously a major factor in western regime change actions.”Craig MurrayJanuary 2019
Woodrow Wilson“Nothing like official sanction was given to the idea that the United States is first and foremost a democracy until Woodrow Wilson, in making the war against the Central Powers a war for democracy, gave the stamp of wide popularity to the idea that the United States is, first and foremost, a democracy.”Woodrow Wilson
Charles Beard
1943

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Abolish Terrorist Agenciesessay29 July 2019David SwansonSwanson characterises Annie Jacobsen's Surprise Kill Vanish as an apology for intelligence agencies. He deconstructs their the official narratives of defending "democracy", claiming that they have "decades of engaging in and provoking terrorism". Citing blowback from their operations as major factors in the growth of the MICC and its climate paranoia and permanent war, he calls for an end to the intelligence agencies.
Document:Democratic State v Deep Stateessay1 January 2008Ola TunanderAn excellent introduction to deep politics. By clarifying the real role of the Secret Intelligence Services and the policy agenda they under firm control in most Western 'Democracies' (especially the UKUSA nations), it demonstrates the irrelevance of the party-political masquerade.
Document:Invasions of the Mind Snatchersarticle19 February 2014Nebojsa MalicA good introduction to the current template and modus-operandi of US/NATO-sponsored "Regime-change" operations which began with the destruction of Yugoslavia and have been repeated in at least a dozen countries in so-called "colour revolutions" and the "Arab Spring" in the decade or so since
Document:The Harrogate Agendamanifesto10 September 2013Peter NorthThe basic rationale and six demands of 'The Harrogate Agenda'
Document:We the People…appeal27 January 2014David MaloneIt is time for the dusty antique concept of 'WE THE PEOPLE' to be revived and given determined mass support


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