Democracy and Oligarchy

I found this e-poster posted by one of my friends on Facebook today …


Well … Bernie Sanders (I) should read Bernie Sanders (S) … he’s a self-avowed socialist.

Still, he’s sort of right here – but he’s using a little sleight of hand, and leaving out something very important.

We don’t really have a Democracy. Democracy would be bad, and our founders knew it. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner. A Republic is a well-armed lamb contesting the result.

Still, we do have a Democratic Republic in that we do use Democracy as a tool for input into the system as long as what is decided doesn’t violate the inalienable rights of others (life, liberty, property being the big three).

And there is no question that for it to work a full discussion of the issues that affect us is necessary.

But that’s not what we get. The Daily Show and a news media that is 80% self-described progressive-liberal is what passes for “discussion” today. If we actually had real discussion no billionaire could “buy” an election by donations (they’d have to cheat the old-fashioned Tammany Hall way – actually, they kind of do, they’ve just made the ballot boxes easier to stuff).

voting patterns

Voter suppression used to be a problem back in the day when southern Democrats passed laws literally intended to keep black people from voting. Those days are over.

However, there is a reason one party fights just about every attempt to thwart voter fraud — and that tells me pretty much everything I need to know right there. They fight such laws because it makes it harder for them to cheat. And that is how voter suppression is done today. It’s not strict voting laws that suppress votes — it’s lax ones. Every fraudulent vote in effect negates the vote of a valid voter.

It also turns out that the people who “determine what we see, read, and hear” from the media to college campuses are largely sympathetic to Bernie’s worldview – and it ain’t capitalist fat cats trying to get rich — it’s generally socialist do-gooders trying to “make a difference”.  An Oligarchy isn’t necessarily wealthy people (though Oligarchs often do become wealthy because they have the power to take people’s stuff and rig the rules) … an Oligarchy is rule by a relatively small group of people.  They could be royalty, wealthy, family, educated-elite, corporate, religious, military … but since Bernie’s a Marxist, he wants The People to fixate on the rich and be jealous and outraged.  Because that’s the road to power when it comes to Marxism.

So while Bernie is partially right here, he’s leaving out a few things and he wants you to believe that the people who are keeping you down are his opponents.

By and large, they’re not. They’re his friends.

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  1. Severian

    “Corporate media who control what we hear and see” is my absolutest all time favoritest leftist freakout.

    Ah, I see. So your contention is that corporations control the government. Therefore, we need government regulation to protect us from those corporations.

    What was that? The reality-based what?

    And then there’s the idea that “the media” is engaged in some sort of conspiracy to suppress knowledge of socialism. We can only know what the media lets us know. The media won’t let us know about the glories of socialism. And yet, Bernie Sanders, half the internet, and roughly every “education” professional in existence knows all about socialism, and will be happy to tell you at ass-numbing length.

    Paging Captain Ahab….

    Or the idea that Socialism is The Truth, and the only way we don’t see The Truth is because of false consciousness implanted by the media. Back when people actually studied rhetoric and logic, we called that “begging the question” — starting your “argument” with the conclusion and just meandering around in a big verbal circle.

    Very scientific. No wonder they love Neil DeGrasse Tyson so much.

    Thanks for the Friday morning chuckle, Phil.

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