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The myth of US democracy

from Asad Zaman and the WEA Pedagogy Blog

The vision of a government of the people, by the people and for the people is enchanting, and powerfully attractive to the masses yearning to be free. However, the title of Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz’s article, Of the 1%, by the 1%, and for the 1% is a far more accurate description of the reality of US democracy. Prophetically, Eisenhower had warned against the threat to democracy posed by the powerful military-industrial complex. Today the power of a tiny minority to control the US, and thence the world, exceeds his worst nightmares.  read more

  1. BC
    November 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    The US is a militarist-imperialist, rentier-socialist corporate-state (descriptive, not intended to be disparaging).

    The US has the best gov’t the money of the top 0.001-1% can buy.

    The US has a situation characterized by no representation without taxation, as the top 10% pay 70-75% of all income taxes.

    The top 0.001-1% pay taxes for gov’t services much as they pay fees for tax, legal, estate planning, and investment advisory services; house staff; a nanny; a driver; and personal security.

    If there is any US democracy, it occurs (1) at the local municipal and county levels and (2) in board rooms of the largest firms.

    At the national level, candidates are vetted by the party apparatuses that are funded disproportionately by the top 0.001-1% or organizations that depend upon their patronage. The corporate-state-owned mass media then frame the “discussion” of a narrow set of issues that preclude substantive discussion of critical issues that affect the vast majority of Americans’ economic, financial, and social well-being, so as to reinforce business as usual and prevent mass-social scrutiny of the values, objectives, actions, privilege, and power of the top 0.001-1%.

    Elections are merely corporate-state-sponsored pageantry and circus intended to dupe the true believers into concluding that they have a “choice” in who governs/rules them, when in fact elections are really “selections” by the top 0.001-1% that those who bother to show up at the polls or mail their ballots merely affirm with their ballots.

    Were there to be a ballot choice of “none of the above” or “nobody” and balloting be securely and accurately occur online, I suspect that more people would cast ballots and vote for “none of the above” or “nobody”, which would be a demonstration of “non-affirmation” for the “selections” presented by the top 0.001-1%.

    George Carlin had the last word on the situation of “democracy” and voting.

    The 1960s cult series, “The Prisoner”, presented democratic elections realistically in the episode, “Free For All”.

    That economics is politics, war is the extension of politics with other means, war is the business of empire, and war is good business for imperialists, it follows that economics is politics is the intellectual rationalization for empire for the benefit of the imperialist owners.

    If one imagines for one moment that one’s vote is anything more than an affirmation of the political economy of Anglo-American, rentier-socialist, imperial corporate-state, then one is simply deluding oneself, which is one’s prerogative, of course.

  2. November 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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