Photo credit: Young people demonstrate in Lyon against a new labour code they called ‘an unprecedented offensive against the young’. Photograph: Konrad K/Sipa/Rex Shutterstock
“…young adults are deeply sceptical about democracy”.
They should be.
Except that perhaps the system they are basing that opinion on is not really democracy but some perverted caricature of that form of government. I am not aware of any real democracy currently operating anywhere in the world. In fact I would say that there possibly has never been such a beast. It would never do for the powers that be to allow the people to decide the destiny or direction of the communities, societies and national groupings in which they live.
Let’s face it, people generally do not possess the interest, care, knowledge, clarity, ability, or even the common sense necessary to have handed to them the privilege of an equal say in how those things are to operate. That’s true, isn’t it? And say there were a way to furnish the operation of such a system, it would devolve into utter chaos where nothing of any value at all would be achieved, or perhaps in some mysterious way emerging from the action stymieing turmoil, cacophony and clashing of intermingled opinions, the voices of the ‘persuaders’ would be heard above all else and most people would willingly line up behind one of those voices, which would in some way ‘represent’ them as a group or party view.
But isn’t that what we have got now? Yes, of course it is. Well, partly. But, even if that fully described what we have now, it wouldn’t be democracy. It would be abrogation and dispersal and secession of individual opinion to whatever voices shout loudest, persuade most effectively, or offer the best incentives to follow them. The problem with that, well one of them, is that it is habit forming, and people, being creatures of habit, will continue to align themselves with such forces or parties even when the views expressed by whoever is the current chief voice of those parties no longer represent their own views (if they even retain any personal views that are actually their own, given sufficient thought), or even eventually become diametrically opposed to the original viewpoint to which the individual subscribed and gave allegiance.
And that, my friends, is what has become of the democratic process in 2016, gradually over the preceding decades, until it has become entirely unclear which party represents what, and whether there is any material difference between any of the group voices after some generations of metamorphosis.
But wait, there’s more.
What we could recognise at one stage as being a representative form of democracy, which may not have been a bad thing if it had evolved to reflect the changing times and opinions of the communities and societies it purported to ‘represent’, has been further perverted by external factors. Know what I mean?
I guess it began somewhere around the time when the definition of ‘person’ became blurred and corrupted to include ‘corporate entities’. Ever since then and perhaps even earlier, money, greed, and influence have been the most intrusive factors in the outplay of democratic processes, to the point of gross infestation of the system. A malady that will soon result in collapse of the entire democratic process into a mire of chaos and anarchy which will destroy society and modern civilisation.
And we have allowed that to happen.
Yes, “…young adults are deeply sceptical about democracy”. They should be.
I am not going to offer any alternative. I see none. Nor do I foresee the need for any.
It will not be difficult (we are told) to organise small groups of up to 150 individuals. Groups which may never need to interact with other small groups that may potentially be operating outside their own sphere of influence or capability to reach out to. In a world where such small groups are relatively scarce (a situation that naturally arises from civilisational collapse scenarios).