Democracy Is FAKE (Part 1 REVISITED)
I’VE BEEN banging my head trying to organize thoughts for a follow-up to my recent post on the evils of democracy, and have come to realize the terms “rulers” and “elite,” as I employed them, don’t satisfactorily convey my intended meaning.
For instance, when I say the foundation of functioning democracy, that is, a democracy that is able to function in perpetuity, is: “an elite: technocrats charged with steering the majority where it ‘needs’ to go,” I’m speaking of a small group of technocrats in whose judgement the majority is said to have placed its trust. I don’t mean to say that this small “elite” is itself entirely secure in it’s position. These “elites,” are just the ambitious devils who happen to have been able to scramble to the top of the pile, at least for the time being. “The elite,” in my system of thinking, is a position, a slot, a category. The individual people who inhabit this category are essentially interchangeable.
It does occur to me that thinking about democracy as a structure which requires a foundation, where the “foundation” is a trusted minority who have scrambled to the top, draws a pretty fucking confusing picture, doesn’t it? Let me just duck out of my stupid mixed-metaphor and once again drag out this fantastic explanation, which is thankfully the product of a clearer mind:
The ruling class comprises those people who have their own independent means of survival, while the ruled is everyone forced to work for them.
The salient thing about the ruling class though is that it’s a class, not a conspiracy. It arises and perpetuates itself not according to some Plan scrawled in goat’s blood in a musty grimoire somewhere, but inevitably out of certain blindly deterministic functions of economics/psychology/etc… There’s no capstone to the economic pyramid, no one ultimately pulling the strings. The system is such that the strings pull themselves. Everyone, no matter how high up they might seem to us, is replaceable, because it’s the machine that’s immortal. [boetian]
Moving on, when I regrettably went on to mention the potential threat of “unadulterated, one-person-one-vote, majority rule,” rather than calling it a threat to “the rulers’ pocketbooks,” the idea would have been better served if I’d called it a threat to financial power itself. That is, the unequal allocation of resources through which a minority is able to wield power over the majority.
My phrase, Power Seekers, (another idea I plan to flesh out in yet another planned re-write of another post,) has also proven to be a point of contention. For now let’s say: A) a Power Seeker’s motivation is to maintain and/or consolidate and/or gain power over others; that B) successful Power Seekers, having attained whatever position of power, are more able to remain in it, and gain more; but that C) Power Seekers have little choice but to serve the system that affords them their position, for they will lose power should they seek to affect the system in a way that runs counter to the purpose of the system.
Not sure if this is true of all power arrangements, but in functioning democracy at least, I hope to have shown that its purpose is simply to go on functioning, to remain as THE system of power.
So here is the questionable text from the original post which I have revised to include the edits shown here:
There’s a famous argument that says, “[Democracy] can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury,” but don’t read this as a threat to sound fiscal policy! It’s a threat to the very foundation of functioning democracy itself, the need for
an elite: technocratstrusted experts, authorities, charged with steering the majority where it “needs” to go, where the need is always to allow democracy to perpetually “function.” The result is a category of public figures you might call “a ruling class”. The threat of unadulterated, one-person-one-vote, majority rule would not be the draining of the public treasury, it would be the fair distribution of society’s total wealth. It is a threat to the rulers’ pocketbooksfinancial power itself. By examining the circularity of the logic at work here, we learn what it means to have a functioning democracy. Worse than a mere tyranny of the majority, (i.e. a bunch of assholes;) it’s a tyranny of a tiny cadre of oligarchic elitefunctionaries, (i.e. a handful of Überassholes.)
At some regrettable point long ago, “politics” stopped being a broad category encompassing all manner of human social interactions and became instead A Political System alienated from everyday life. I’m inclined to think Original Alienation occurred with the emergence of an elite. (More on this in part 2.)(Let’s forget this was even here and just leave a potential discussion along these very poorly drawn out lines for part 2.) Along with a privileged elitedeference and authority come self interested Power Seekers: those who strive within such a system to gain or keep said privilegepower and authority, (privilege, comfort, prestige,) for themselves. What’s more, the system of functioning democracy depends on this power seeking impulse. [and in the interest of maintaining power, some mechanism like what we’re calling “functioning democracy” becomes necessary.](Again, let’s just forget this last bit of cart before the horse nonsense was even here before.)
In a prior post on power and human nature was a proposed dichotomy for evaluating the ethics of exercises of power: power employed to nurture (good) vs. power employed to dominate (bad). Democracy, as an
instrument of elite poweramoral system of power, which only “functions” when it serves to protectauthority, to preserve thefavored status and wealth of an eliteare preserved, resulting in the inequalities inherent in a class system, if not Hereditary Aristocracy Lite, is domination.