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Reminding you what Democracy looks like. 1.

14 Jul

There is no point on agonizing over good politicians winning some elections, for the world to become a better place.

Winning the elections and gaining the power are two completely separate things.
True power lays behind the parties and will not stop getting its way until we , the citizens, realize the following old-old, basic, simple fact:

The root of  Democracy
is for its citizens
to Be rulers and to Be ruled
AT THE SAME TIME.

That means actively participating on all public decisions and actively participating on all public positions.

Far from transferring the responsibility for your own life’s decisions, to someone else.., no?

I was reminded of this fact , when I was re- reading Aristotle’s  “Politics” ( Poli=City).
I found his description of  the private person, very illuminating. I also found very indicative of how the Athenians felt about their Democracy, his fierceful  writing against “elections” and “elected representatives” or “professional politicians”, as the Athenians called them. So, I thought I share…

( An interesting note: A private person = Idiotis, in Greek.That’s where the English word” idiot” comes from!
A very accurate translation, as you are about to find out…)

The Idiotis did not care to attend in the weekly public assembly ,”Agora”, were all decision making was going on. On other occasions he was failing to perform adequately to his random (drawn) public office position. Athenian society considered an Idiotis (private person..) to be an unworthy, lazy, stupid and selfish citizen. Becoming an Idiotis was loathed. One was deprived of any political rights, ownership was made public and the Idiot was exiled or even killed if his idiocy was deemed to have been harmful for the City.
Aristotle goes on describing the “professional politician” as the worst kind of private person. Even though he attends every single meeting he does that as a sole profession, thus seeking power for self-preservation.
Being an idiotis with power he is expected to take care of his personal well-being and not that of the City.

Having an electoral system (like other City /States had) was laughed upon from the Athenians.
It meant you are not your own Ruler anymore.
It meant you are an Idiot, who depends on Idiots.

So, please stop depending. Let’s get to the point.
I’m only agonizing for the moment to come, when WE, Citizens,
finally decide to focus our discussions on the exact steps we need to take,
in order to become Self-ruled thus Self-sustained.

Only then, will there be no room for malice, injustice and misery.
Only when ALL of us make sure of it, constantly and consistently.

This is what Democracy looks like.

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2 responses to “Reminding you what Democracy looks like. 1.

  1. xmk75

    July 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Pretty close to anarchism, isn’t it!-)

     

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