Wednesday, 9 February 2011

All roads lead to Rome



“Democracy is the road to socialism.” Karl Marx 
Following this and other blogs daily, and reading of the many dreadful, frightening and terrible troubles that ordinary people in the Middle East face day-after-day, does not help me at all in the capricious notion that the world is becoming a better place under capitalism, more so is this fact, when you see fellow Egyptians fighting each other.

History has taught us that they the Egyptians (ordinary people) have an intelligent caring culture, which has evolved and existed long before there was a western dominating world. I suppose, the truth of the matter is really that the world has become a much smaller place over the past hundred years, and over the million or so years it has taken for the human race to acquire and evolved into what we call civilisation. One word is becoming  more prominent in all languages, either anti or pro-democracy.

Not being a new idea, history again tells us that around 550BC the Greeks built their civilisation around what is believed and exalted to have been the first true Democracy, although with some limitations, nevertheless a citizens' assembly (the Ecclesia), for the discussion of city policy, all citizens were permitted to attend after the reforms of Solon (early 6th century), but the poorest citizens could not address the assembly or run for office. With the establishment of the democracy, the assembly became the de jure mechanism of government; all citizens had equal privileges in the assembly. However, non-citizens, such as outlanders (non-citizens living in Athens) or slaves, had no political rights at all.

Today, democracy is a word that is used by politicians and World leaders when problems appear on the horizon for them or when General Elections are just around the corner, then it is thrown around like Maundy Money, You get a sniff of it for just the one day and that's your lot. I read somewhere; democracy gives you the chance to select your next Dictator, my thoughts entirely.

The dictionaries define the word in slightly different ways, but clarification comes about generally with the words, by the people, this of course not being the case.
When in present day politics does, by the people for the people apply, not at all, but it should. And I never worked out how we live in a democracy and yet we are the Queens subjects and ruled by a monarchy.

A long time ago and in my youth, I embarked on a sociology course; and so it came about that the tutor asked me to define the word culture, I came up with an answer right off the top of my head, I said: ‘the best of thoughts, words and deeds given by man, creed or nation.  I was quite proud of myself, but he shot me down in flames in front of everybody saying I was wrong and the answer was, survival. Over the next few days analysing and re analysing I realised this was correct, and from analysing that question I also clarified lots of other questions mulling around in my head, it was like the saying… All roads lead to Rome. 
“One conception of democracy has it that a democratic society is one in which the public has the means to participate in some meaningful way in the management of their own affairs and the means of information are open and free. An alternative conception of democracy is that the public must be barred from managing their own affairs and the means of information must be kept narrowly and rigidly controlled. That may sound like an odd conception of democracy, but it’s important to understand that it is the prevailing conception.” Noam Chomsky 
Almost everything, that we humans come into contact with, be that by thought, word, or deed, only steers us in one direction including the word and capitalist definition of democracy, towards control!”  

Post By: Brian Hopper or In the Box

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