quote:Originally posted by Pace Tua:
No one can really believe we live in a true democratic society. At best, this is "spectator democracy", a product of "engineered consent". At worst, we live in a self-imposed totalitarian state.
In discussing today's political situation, I've often heard the saying, "people get the government they deserve." I agree.
The price of freedom (democracy) is not war and relinquishing our civil liberties, it is our time and attention. The average citizen uses the vagaries of life and the minutiae of day-to-day living as excuses for not being at a minumum aware of, and active in, politics. The result is wholesale apathy, ignorance and cynicism about the process.
Too small a percentage of the masses do not consider that their lives could be greatly improved if they stood up so that the elites couldn't stand on their backs and ride them into prosperity and power. Many hold the opinion that large scale corruption will happen anyway and there is nothing they can do about it; they don't think of how many more of us than there are of them, and that their acquiesence, if not outright complicity, makes that corruption possible.
This is a democratic republic, but without the participation of the masses it will cease to exist.