5.c.2 – What are the leaks of the ship on which we sail?

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July 24, 2010 — Riccardo Sabellotti - Giacinto Sabellotti

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What are the leaks of the ship on which we sail?

Let’s try to remember the many weaknesses that we discovered in the current system:
– the lists of candidates are not democratically drafted by the people, but by political parties, private associations of a minority of citizens who are not organized in a democratic way, then the characters more in view of the parties, or even the  presidents, are those who compile the lists of candidates, thereby establishing who will be elected, and people are actually compelled to vote only the candidates who have been previously approved by the new ruling class. The remaining part of the population has the right to form new parties but in practice it takes years to organize themselves and to overcome all the difficulties that the current system requires, such as procuring the funding needed for the propaganda and participating successfully in the elections, where often there are thresholds of the barrier below which the party can’t get any representative. It follows that, in order to succeed, the new party must be born already corrupt and willing to betray his supporters; after years of waiting, having formed a new party would almost certainly appear to be unnecessary. The vote therefore is not truly free.
– in a population of several million inhabitants a representative is elected out of tens of thousands of voters who, not knowing him personally, are forced to choose him on the basis of the propaganda that have been made, the support of his party, newspapers and television, which means on the basis of the funding that he has obtained, extorting them or selling himself. In other words, under the current system, citizens are encouraged to elect the most corrupt and the most dishonest and not those who represent and protect their interests. The current system does not allow then to select the true representatives;
– citizens participate formally in politics only through voting in elections, the rest of the time they are completely excluded, have no way to discuss or require changes to programs presented by their representatives. With a single vote they must express their opinion on the management of the State in its various forms: foreign policy, security, health, environment, work etc… Since there is only a single vote to be expressed every four or five years, they can only choose between the programs formulated by the “Policy Masters”  who promptly rejected them once elected. The population is then managed from above, this is not a form of self-government;
– the current system, created with the best intentions at a distant age, without the present knowledge of psychology and human nature, does not take into account the fact that the individual citizen has not the possibility to develop on his own a proper democratic culture, nor considers the natural tendency to instinctively follow a leader or the tradition, without rational criteria. The basic premise on which the parliamentary system was based is that the common people naturally vote in their own interest by responsibly electing their representatives. Experience shows us today that, contrary to expectations, the common people cannot elect their own representatives and unknowingly they regularly vote instead against their own interests;
– in the current political model it is maintained the rough as old division between subjects and aristocrats: the ignorant people was politically uniform, devoid of decision-making power and was governed by aristocrats, to whom people had to ask for favors and protection. Even today the people, by a vote actually expressionless, chose their protector within the ruling class, but does not participate in the political debate. This also deprives people of the opportunity to develop through practice the skills and culture appropriate to participate in the policy management;
– in the parliamentary system the people are rightly regarded as equal in their rights, but it is not taken into account that they are different in their skills, experiences, culture, needs. It is not considered the importance in human society of specialization and especially in the political management, the system is designed as if all were equally expert on everything, when it is clear that they are not and can never be; the same principle is also applied to parliamentarians. The result is that it is often asked to express an opinion, to take a decision through a vote, to someone who is not competent to do so. Dispersed groups are then generated needing to be guided by the manipulators in office, whose number covers the voice of those who actually have the right skills;
– if the management of political programs, in theory, should be indirectly exercised by the people through the Parliament, the State administration, namely the practical application of the policy, is even more distant from the population; the ministers are not elected directly and they must give account for their actions only to parliamentarians and therefore to the lobbies who backed their appointment. The citizen, therefore, since parliamentarians are not real representative, has no means to exercise control over real politics.

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