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Is Democracy a panacea for every social ills and for change? (December 9, 2008)

 Bush Junior and his Administration claimed vociferously that all their pre-emptive wars were meant to enforce democracy in world political systems.

Democracy was understood as a social method of governance to permit the citizens selecting representatives to the legislative body; this is a huge step forward since enacting laws confer power to the State to regulate life and think up ways to maintain order.

Many political orders do not require democratic elections to reaching the same objective of accumulating power and regulating lives.  When democracy is extended to selecting representatives to the executive and legal institutions, regulated chaos is consequently officially admitted.

How could you hire people to run your future and economic stability if the voting electorates are not versed or interested in the multitude of problems that do not concern their immediate and restricted wants and desires? How could we have separation of the branches of the legislative, executive, legal, and control institutions if they emanate from the same voting electorates?

Let us take cases of a few social institutions.  Suppose that you have a political party with strict structure, tight dogma and hierarchy, and coupled with symbolism, sort of Church-like ideology for homogenizing the people: How could democracy be capable of venting stagnation in this civil caste and transforming it into a reflective body of individuals?

Isn’t democracy then meant to psychologically satisfy the members of the caste, a reminder that they are still considered valuable entities, but not necessarily eligible to think freely outside the premises and restrictive laws of the caste?

How many political parties, regardless of their principles (socialism, communism, capitalism, racism and so on), that satisfy the criteria of caste system, have managed to elect a representative body who was not tightly linked to historical lineage of accumulated myths and aberrations?

Even the political parties in the developed States, with loose conditions to registering and no ex-communication orders for the members who jumps ranks to other parties, election results favor historical lineage.  The rare times, when the voters select an “outsider” to the recognized class of preferred representatives, are periods of utter disgust of performances or unusual catastrophes.

The voters are fundamentally aided by rich oligarchy to smoke screen the basic failure of the system:  The voters and oligarchic class select an “outsider” because they need a scapegoat to their frustrations and not because they do not like the known figures.

President Obama must have realized that fact: he is enlarging his popular base to include the factions that voted for the other candidates by including them in his administration team.  No, it is not because of the alternative candidates’ expertise or experiences that Obama selected them, but because they are still liked by many voters, who might be feeling sorry for their rash, uncalled for decisions of the moment.

The power of the US system is not in its brand of democracy, which is terribly flawed, but because the magnitude of loss in dignity, well-being, arrogance, and illusory dreams is too irritating for the common people to voting for the same class of representatives, even within the same party.  The US could have had any alternative democratic model and the result would not have changed this time around.

The alternative variations on the democratic methods are not fundamentally that serious: any democratic system is as good as any other.  What count is the level of education of the voters (in politics, economy, finance, geopolitics, and internal affairs).   What counts is the free-minded level of the voters, especially the lower middle class representing 50% of the population, as a society and as philosophical tendencies that encourage individual reflections.

What counts are climate of free opinions that are not punished once expressed, open discussions, and open communication among the groups and associations.  What count is to instituting independent governing bodies for check and balance among the powers of the legislative, executive, legal, and control branches. Then, and only then, do alternative models of democracy become viable to match the demand of the people, for more control over their destiny.

Note: After the Arab/Islamic mass upheavals, we are witnessing successions of Islamist parties, elected “democratically”  Does any sane person believe that once elected democratically, any Islamist political party will ever lose another election?  What democracy will change if the elected representatives carry the heavy burden of myths and religious biases toward the minorities?

Sociology and cruelty: a sub-field of climatology?  (December 10, 2008)

Any student in sociology who is not expert in climatology and topology or the land of people he is learning about is out of the subject matter.

Sociology, psychology, social organization and most human sciences are fundamentally sub-fields of climatology and topology.

Just figure people living in an arid desert; people living in Antarctica or the Arctic regions; people living in the equator where it rains 24 hours and every day of the year.

Just figure people living in regions where it is dark most of the year; people living in mostly sunny areas.

Just figure people having access to the stars at night and people not seeing but clouds.

Just imagine people shoveling snow most of the year and living among dirty and frozen snow; or people shoveling sands most of the years of an advancing desert.

Visualize people living on rivers; people living in valleys, and people living on mountain tops…

Do you think that they have many common psychological characteristics or that their social organizations are compatible?

Do you believe that the recent habit of the few 5% of world population, living in semi-cozy homes that shelter us from climatic rigor, has transformed our psychic of total dependence on climatic changes?

Billions of people living below the survival level have no shelters; billions are living in makeshift shelters.

Why do you think that if a few millions managed to build adequate shelters that mankind has conquered the weather, the sky, the sand, the snow, the rivers, the oceans, and the land?

Author Amelie Nothomb had stated hilarious facts of history that we tend to forget:

The civilization of the west needs to pinpoint an enemy to wage war against, for the sake of engaging in wars, camouflaged in ridiculous reasons.  The civilization of the East welcomes wars anytime, for the sake of fighting duels among equals in values, to the very end.  Cruelty of the western armies never reached the ankle of their Asian counterparts.”

For example, even after a ridiculous armistice is signed between the western and eastern armies, the psychological warfare in the east resumes until the adversary is totally exhausted and annihilated.

George W. Bush (Junior) was half lucky for selecting Iraq as the battlefield. The half part in the unluckiness was selecting a country bordering Iran and targeting Iran at the same time. 

At every period Iran was upset with the US politics, the US army in Iraq experienced acute pain, suffering, and disillusion in wining the war.

The more the western troops approach toward China the more the level of cruelty increases!

The western troops in Afghanistan are already loosing ground; the Taliban is controlling 70% of the land.  If the west tries to control Pakistan then higher levels of pain, suffering, and cruelty is awaiting its troops.

Note: It would be interesting to analyze the types of cruel behaviors inflicted on “enemies”.

For example, how the US annihilated the Indians, how the Spanish “Catholic civilization” annihilated the Indians in south America, how the Moguls ransacked countries they invaded, the atrocities of Japan in China and the countries it occupied, the mutilations exercised by European colonizers in Africa, the Congo, Western Africa, how the German and Dutch treated the occupied people

History will testify that the Zionist State of Israel tops all cultures in barbarity, humiliation, and cold cruelty. Israel synthesized cruelty tactics and methods and applied every single one of them, at the face of world community, without condemnations or retributions.




December 2008

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