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Ironically, one of my first literary accomplishments, at 16, was winning an essay contest on "Why It's Still Important to Vote." Today, I'm telling you that un-diluted democracy is an inferior idea and its continued practice in the USA will result in an Oprah presidency, departments of WWF Studies in every university, and a series of nuclear wars leaving The Kahalari Desert's bushmen the most advanced surviving civilization.
Contrary to a hemp document composed by a scholarly born billionaire and slave-holder, all men are not "created equal." Humans were not created but evolved from the tree shrew to homo-erectus to their current form, and a person's value to society(perhaps the only value worth discussing in this crowded, high-tech age,) is determined by, among other things, their industry and ingenuity. Why should a wise scholar, an immoral meth or card dealer, a valiant Army sergeant, and a state-supported imbecile all have the same vote?
So how did one-adult=one-vote democracy become so widespread, aside from the obvious factor of Western imperialism? Well, the technological explosion disturbed ancient and effective tribal ways and traditions and created "civilizations" which to varying degrees were ruled by a vicious few(who found the use of highly elaborate superstitions a useful way to quell rebellion.) However, over thousands of years the people grew extremely tired of building mammoth pyramids to house mummified tyrants and sacrificing their sons to war-mongers like Alexander "The Great," Napoleon, King George, Hitler, etc. And so the pendulum swung far the other way.
This is how it came about that nations like Britain and France, in some ways so advanced, came to idealize absolute democracy. But how has such an unworkeable extreme become so entrenched in the modern world? Well, this once misguided but well-meant egalitarianism(turned into a simplistic, unquestionable dogma) has turned out to be of aid to greedy and crass elements in many imperial nations. For example, the masses of the USA are easily brain-washed into accepting that it's okay for their clothes, cars, and other goods be produced in slave-labor conditions in countries without freedom of the press or any meaningful democratic powers at all. The masses of England can be persuaded to support our imperial ransacking of Iraq. The more intelligent, civilized, and able people of these countries, who the natural order would have hold power, wouldn't stand for such things.
Why? Not because they're saints but because they realize that the culture, wisdom, etc., of places like Africa are essential to the survival of the human race. Humanity is terribly served by conquering and exploiting of whole races of people(Don't think that many a people's revolt hasn't been prevented by the dropping of more bombs on Vietnam than on all of continental Europe and Japan in World War II.)
So, I suggest the USA stop spending trillions to explore moons of Saturn, hold a percent of its population behind bars, and spread imperial democracy. Though I don't even pretend to know the exact process and form of it all, societal decisions should be made by: philosophers, historians, scientists, economists, industrialists, liberally minded men of business, and by the working people in some hierarchal form.
Worldwide, much re-distribution of wealth is needed, and materialistic capitalism(at least in the petty ways it's usually practiced,) should also be replaced. By what? Well, politics, economics, Gaiia, and humanity are not like computers; They don't always follow orderly systems, and one people is not like another but just differently colored.
I'll say this much: Darwinian struggle is the central principle of life and civilization must order itself in accordance with it. If a baby is born extremely deformed, we should follow the Spartan tradition. If someone's body and mind sinks beyond any use to themselves or society, nature should take its course. This is true to a greater extent than I'm explicitly saying: But I'm not suggesting a law-empowered, systemmatic way of going about this. This is the technological, cosmopolitan way of doing things.
The ideals we must emulate are not found in factories and sky-scrapers but in jungles, forests, deserts, and seas. Leaders of the modern world, controllers of radars, robots, nano-technologies, and nuclear arsennals: The wisdom you need to preserve us all is be found in isolated Laotian villages, in the ways of Amazonian tribes, in the Gaiiac genius found in nature's frogs, birds, whales, wolves, and apes.

note: Sean Lawlor Nelson is a graduate of Southern Oregon University's English Department and author of two poetry/philosophy books: "An Ode To Id" and "Weird Voyage Loveward" (going to the printers at this very time.)


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"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complicated, and more violent. It takes a lot of courage... and a touch of brilliance to move things in the other direction."

- Albert Einstein


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The following comments are for "on the sacred cow of democracy and other subjects"
by DrunkenMonkeyMind

Inferior to what?
I'm not prone to quote Churchill, but he said something about democracy being the worst possible form of government...apart from all the others.

Let's remember that democracy has little to do with imperialism - whether the economic 19th century form that my countrymen perpetrated across the globe or the 20th/21st century kind that badges itself as benevolent and enabling the spread of particular philosophical positions. Actually, as Lincoln so succinctly put it is government of, for and by the people.

Now whether that exists anywhere today is doubtful. Certainly in both of our countries it is tainted by the stench of profit and self interest.

We live in a complex world and only complex systems can manage it. If I understand you right, you advocate a return to the survival of the fittest, the law of the jungle. Well OK, but there are costs to your scheme...jungles have few wireless networks and the local supermarket can be several miles away. Going back realy just isn't an option...we have to look forward, where can we go from here, what does a good society look like? I'm not so sure it abandons its vulnerable or sends its older people to the ice floe.

Michael

( Posted by: Sebastian08 [Member] On: April 25, 2008 )





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