Mistaking Power for Democracy
I think what’s happening around the world is obvious. The body politic of various countries is protesting, if not in revolt, against established governments that are way out of touch and recalcitrant, stubborn and looking backward.
The U.S., for instance, is doing business as usual, furthering misguidedness, crony politics, power-mongering, posing and out-of-touch ideologies, both liberal and conservative, that insult the intelligence of your average citizen. It takes something like Occupy Wall Street to say simply and clearly what the real deal is. We’re immersed in corruption, one-sidedness, inequality and inertia.
So many governments around the world are frozen in antique ways and styles of governing. The reason is power, so that people have to do a really stupid and desperate thing and take to the streets. What other options are there?
Established governments and dictatorships of every stripe are being harassed by their publics with varying degrees of staid behavior, aggressiveness and violence that get responses from being hauled away, jailed, injured and even killed.
Misuse of power is a serious business. So-called democracies include the U.S. Russia has its middle, professional business class taking to the streets because Putin hasn’t got the sense to know that Russians are simply not going to stand still for his repeated, clownish, ridiculous power grabs.
That goes for all the countries of the “Arab Spring,” with more to come, and our own embarrassing state of affairs that’s way beyond the expiration date for what passes for democracy and governance.
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