Just been thinkin lately (yes, I know, it hurts, but someone has to do it), what with the European refugee crisis and the self-professed gurus of doom and back lash (like Stefan Molyneux – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Molyneux). And all of a sudden it struck me – i remembered our family saying that even in a fool’s words lies a grain of truth. Thus Molyneux turned the light on this chasm between the popular wishes and views in the European countries and their leaders” enforced policy on the subject.
Personally, have been having this uneasy feeling for some time now: the feeling of total condescending disregard, and maybe even downright contempt (see Angela Merkel) on the part of the politicians toward their indigenous populaton’s fears and concerns. Or the prevailing majority concept of their national character. It reminded me a lot! of the Marie Antoinette attitude toward the ‘unwashed’. Or of any other monarch, for that matter. You see, our lives did not matter, our voices were never taken into account, unless made loud and clear by a sudden bang of a violent uprising……
But then, the democracy emerged – the Rule of the People for the people. It was supposed to be all about us, the lawful majority. Our desires were to take precedence now, in a rational structured free mode of political process. The rulers now were accountable and replaceable every few years.
Or is it so? Then how come the Western people today sense that unintentionally and contrary to the initial plot they have traded one form of tyranny for another? Because de-facto, as discovered, there is no difference between the totalitarian monarchy and the modern democracy with regard to their wishes? How come that the trust in our politicians is at its lowest? How come that despite the choice we allegedly have, we still feel blatantly ignored and impotent to affect the course of our lives just a second after casting our ballot? How come that the people who rule us and were supposed to be part of us, in practice assume the same attitude as the blue-blood dictators of the past?
One may mock and disregard the popular self-professed Internet gurus, but they gain momentum, precisely due to the blind arrogant Icarus-like hubris of our political elites. They are in this fool’s paradise of shoving down our throats – accountability-free? – these unsustainable delirious socio-economic engineering ideas. All dysfunctional: be it multi-culturism or economic neo-liberalism. Even when those concepts are blowing up in our faces, our ‘leaders’, Titanic-style, go on denying the reality, dancing to their own tune, which only they can hear.
A wise acquaintance of mine, a proponent of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, remarked not so long ago that direct democracy is a disaster. And I tend to agree with him. Personally, do not subscribe to the wisdom of the crowds principle. However, sometimes the reality is the best teacher. If we don’t want to see the Frankenstein re-incarnation of the 3d Reich descending on Europe on the wings of the grassroots’ smarts, then our politicians should re-connect themselves to facts and extract that grain of truth from the popular sentiment, to turn things around.
Otherwise, we should all practice the Fuhrer’s salute soon, following the mutiny of the not-so-silent-anymore guinea-pigs…or lab rats – all of us actually.