Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Considering The Role Of Power In Democracy

The theory of democracy and its material manifestation in the form of a republic are perhaps the most scientific out of all the governmental ideas and realities. It is no mere occurrence that the inspiration for the republic, Enlightenment thought, was also a wellspring in the development of science; but, perhaps, because it is so scientific, and through its complex, diffuse and responsive structure, it is the most efficient in retaining its power. What leads to the disbanding of a government and its control(?) -- revolt. Democracy, in its contemporary form, is the scientific analysis and solution to the problem of revolt; rather than squashing the power that threatens the government through traditional and, what one might deem to be, religious means -- the wantonness: physical force, punishment, guilt -- satisfy the desire of the revolt, thusly nullifying it, with a mass orchestration of a symbolic revolution. There is a change of heads brought by the will of a nation, but still, a democratic government holds more tightly to its rule than any other government through its economization of power.

If Bush were a true fascist or a leader of any other less scientific system, he would have his body dragged through the streets by Americans, but since he is a republican (note the small r), he retires from his post with no criminal charges or any punishmen for his criminal infractions against the Consitution and his war crimes. He returns to his socially and economically powerful position in our society none the worse, ignoring, of course, any invested money he may have lost in the stock market. The energies of revolution have been spent upon the work and the election for Barack Obama. A newly revitalized, yet very old, party seizes further power in congress, but these Democrats are more moderate than before, and Obama has been consistently forced to remove himself from his leftist ideology, being pressured and "conservatized" through debate by the more moderate Hillary Clinton in the primaries and by John McCain in the presidential election. How much change has the democratic system really allowed?

1 comment:

Mike said...

truth. the whole election process of trying to please everyone and truncating yourself to have enough support to actually WIN an election, kind of undermines that whole democratic election in the first place, NE?