The Systems of Politics
The Systems of Politics
By Tony DeLorger © 2010
With ever-increasing populations, the world faces huge problems- too many mouths to feed, too little work and political systems that all eventually fail. Why is it that every form of government deteriorates into political and financial ruin? The answer is simple- human beings are imperfect. There’s always going to be someone who wants more, wants to be better than someone else. Political leaders have moved up to the heights of power because they have learned to play the game, learned that manipulation, lying and deceit have a place in political success and a rise to power. Those not tough enough to accept this rarely rise to the top. Reality is hard at the top, continually playing one against another. Nothing is ever black-and-white and compromise is always in play, decisions based on so many factors that we poor citizens hardly ever know the full story. So, with all this corruption, compromise and personal agendas, how are we to find just rule and governments that will work for the people, not simply for their own benefit? The answer is that at present, we will not.
The ground rules for society have long been set and the process of change can only be a step by step process. While money remains the single most important reason in the rise to political power, nothing will ever change by much.
Political leaders would be far better selected by academics that could provide a broad criterion for selection. It should perhaps be based on not only financial and business acumen, but also a profound compassion and understanding of the needs of people. A will to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place for all of its inhabitants would be paramount. These people should be those whom we award ‘Person of the Year’ or those who have contributed to their country by business development, diplomacy or the like. This group of governors, I believe, should be a perfect mix of business people, humanitarians, environmentalists, and diplomats, scientific, legal and law enforcement experts, all of both sexes. Our governors should not be driven by money and power, but should serve their country in an apolitical environment, there to administer the will of the people. A situation would have to evolve by which leaders could not be corrupted and their decisions based on facts, not political agendas or fixed policies. The voice of the people would have to be more hands-on and involved in a process of decision making. For example, in our present Australian democracy we vote for a representative within our constituency that represents us in parliament. Our wishes are second-hand at best. Our representative is firstly bound by the party politics with which he is associated, except of course if he or she is an independent. The fact is that apart from referendums, which happen rarely, our voices are only heard as an echo. Depending on where the party is heading at the time and what influences are in play, our input could be compared to an ant shouting at an elephant.
Of course, with minor decisions the governing body must have power to exercise action. But where major issues about a particular municipality or state or the entire country are concerned, then the citizens involved should be presented with the relative information and vote. If people are to play a real role in democracy, then voting should be a regular occasion that begins with an unbiased document of facts that expresses both sides of an argument. This should, I believe, be the only usefulness of the present two party system.
I can see in our future a simply electronic device connected to our communications system that allows us, in the comfort of our homes, to be registered and vote one way or another on any particular issue. With registered voters making their wishes known, it will not be up to politicians to weigh the scales of political impact, deciding who owes who and deliberating policies that can or cannot be changed. Policies would end being not of parties but of the people, changing as the times demand.
This type of democracy could only succeed if the media are more controlled and adhere to a bipartisan view of politics. When a media network propagates bias, then the views of the people are corrupted and therefore invalid. For this democracy to work, the media must be unbiased and apolitical as well as the governing body. At present the media is controlled by conglomerates that are in turn governed by bodies dictated to by government policy. This system would have to change and laws would have to change, making these financial moguls more responsible for what is aired and acceptable under this new style of government. Again the question of content, censorship etc can be ascertained by public vote. The two traditional parties would be simply there to debate opposing views and to present those views to the people, who will ultimately make the final decision. The governing body would then act on that decision.
This may sound far-fetched but if government is taken from those beholding to Money Lords, predestined policies and driven by personal agendas, there will be a clear-cut move toward a real democracy. Then, the people have a real part to play in government.
This idea is not socialism but a real democracy. The blueprint would be complex, and the most important aspect would be the choice of the members of the governing body. Controls put in place to rid the system of corruption would be paramount and there would have to be an amended constitution based on this form of government process.
What I’m talking about here is the need for a real ‘Revolution’, a dramatic change in the process of government. We don’t have to overthrow anyone, by force or by any other means. We simply have to reassess the world in which we live and admit the present systems are not working and will eventually fail. If we aim to rid the government process of corruption and remove the need for money for those to rise to power, we are removing the secondary agendas from politics. Without greed and power hunger we would open a path for the people to speak their minds and take a valid role within the democratic process.
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