In the west, our countries pride themselves in governing by democracy and the people living here love to feel superior to the rest of the world still languishing under autocracies and oligarchies. Forget corrupt dictatorships, we are thankful that we live in a fair and free society. But if you take a closer look at our leaders past and present, we begin to see that democracy as a concept has been constructed to give us the feeling of control. If there were a real choice, a political campaign’s success would not rest on marketing and advertising and would never be open to persuasion by the rich. Yet almost all of our leaders are well educated, well connected, and wealthy, their campaigns are very well funded and their policies are made with the party backer’s interest in mind. So how can a system created to favour the rich be seen as free and equal? A democracy should see an end to rich families being in control of a country or state. Democracies and republics should be the very antithesis to monarchies. But look more deeply into the backgrounds of our elected leaders and you will find that they are either descendants of previous leaders or connected by class or social circles; they are monarchies and oligarchies in all but name. These men and women do not represent the people at large. What we call a democratically elected government is simply a cleverly cloaked concept that masquerades as free and equal.
The idea that the citizens have a choice in these countries is absurd. Democracy is the illusion of choice. Two parties branded by a colour and advertised to the public like rival cola companies; the ingredients are rarely dissimilar. And even though the face of the brand changes, the results are always the same. The run up to any vote simply plays on people’s emotions by dragging up the predecessor’s mistakes and outlining the “correct” way of doing things. Then post-election, the newly elected leader begins to back-pedal and makes the exact mistakes he or she campaigned against. This is repeated in cycles with varying faces, contrasting backgrounds, and different names. But in the end there is no change and no progress. These democracies will never change their ways, they will always follow the path they decide behind closed doors at meetings with the opulent and socially elite. If you think choosing between red or blue will make the slightest bit of difference, you are guilty of naivety. If you think I’m wrong, by all means vote for who you think will make a difference. Then in four years’ time write down all the broken promises and mistakes made by your “chosen” leader and you will find yourself running out of paper as they unveil the next great public orator and chief promising real change.
Voting has, and always will be a camouflaged Hobson’s choice. Choosing between “good” or “bad” is in reality deciding between bad and worse. Democracy and voting is a false and forced-choice in order to further the career of rich businessmen who enjoy playing politician. The voters are repeatedly led by the carrot and stick method to the voting booth with the dangling carrot of “change” hovering over each ballot paper. The end result will always be a corrupt leader governing over its blinded citizens. Even when the United States of America finally elects a Native American and Britain elects a Druid, they will be as corrupt as all of their forebears. Democracy in its true form has never existed in any democratic country and the illusion of choice has been perpetually sold to all of you. Red or blue are two sides of the same coin and left or right both lead to the same place.
These days apathy or revolution are the only democratic choices left.