“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”
That famous comment is both very true and not very comforting. We live under a sytem of government that is simply the best of a bad bunch.
Democracy may have worked well in the early days; it may have worked for the founding fathers of America or the early parliament of Britain but it doesn’t work now.
Democracy is the rule of the majority. People vote for a political party and the one with the most votes takes power. That’s all well and good as long as the party voted for is a benign one. If you vote in a party that holds it’s own interests above those of the people, you are in trouble. If you vote in a party that that has tyranny at it’s heart you are in serious trouble.
Adolf Hitler was voted into power by the people of Germany and we all know where that ended up.
In 1997, the people of Britain voted for a Labour government (myself included to my great shame, but back then I was thick as pig shit as far as politics was concerned, and only voted the same way my parents did. Thay have since seen the error of their ways too).
That government then went on to draft over 3000 new stutes, mostly bady written and all indended to chip away at the freedoms that British people have known.
Once a law is enacted it is rarely repealed, as has been demonstrated by the new lot in power.
There has been a lot of talk among the powers that be in Europe, about the ‘Post democratic era’. This suggests a desire to do away with democracy in it’s current form and I agree.
Whoa! Stop throwing rotton veg at me for a minute and I will explain.
I don’t agree with TPTB in Europe and I don’t agree with what they want – The power to do as they please without any mandate from the people. I do however, beleive that democracy in it’s current form has had it’s day and I will propose an alternative.
I am a pure bread Libertarian but I am not an anarchist. I do beleive we need a limited form of government.
My idea of the perfect govenance would not be based on politics, it would have no left or right adgenda. There are 49 million adults in Britain, all with their own political leanings. If you vote in a government that is aligned with one political viewpoint, whatever it may be, you disenfranchise everybody with different politics.
That’s why I beleive politics has no place in government. An ideal government would be there for administrative purposes only; to do the things that people and business can’t practically do themselves.
Take roads for instance. It could be argued that maintaining Britains road network could only be done by a government. Therefore you would need a minister for transport. Their remit would be transport network maintenence only. No law making, no fines, no persecuting of drivers. Administrating the roads only.
And who would be the best person for the job? Not a career politician, that’s for sure. It would be someone who has had a time served and successful career in civil engineering or some such.
The people would not vote for a party or a government, they would vote for each government minister individually (remember, we wouldn’t need many of them). Whoever won the vote could take the position for four years, say, and then the position would be up for the vote again.
Any interested parties would not go to the people with a manifesto and a huge list of promises and offers, they would go to the people with their CV. The people would then vote for the person they thought was best for the job.
It would be the same for all ministerial positions. Defence would be taken by a cereer soldier, Health by an ex doctor, Education by an ex head teacher.
These people would have their roles set out for them in law. They would not be able to expand them or change them to further their own adgendas. They wouldn’t be able to make new laws.
They would be able to take taxes to fund the things they need to do. I would suggest 10% of earnings from everyone and nothing further. Obviously the minister for tax would be voted out if he was seen to be wasting the money taken. Money would not be spent on personal whims and hobbyhorses because there would be a set list of things that tax money could be spent on.
On the whole it would work a lot more like a business with a team of directors than the governments that we understand. The roles and responsibilities would be set and the directors would be voted in by the people at regular intervals based on thier ability to do the job.
No body would be cut out, disenfranchised or denormalised. The majority would have no say over the minority and pressure groups would have no voice to ban things or regulate things.
That’s my vision of post democracy. I might as well just forget it and have a beer before that gets banned too.