"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The Cat's Been Flossed

Okay, so... for how many centuries have we cried out against our governments?  It rings down through the ages, through poetry and music - or is that just the natural way of things?  Do we travel in political cycles - what Hegel called the dialect?  Is that what's brought us to the fucking pitiful state we're in now?

It's not just England, not just the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (which was itself a political construct), it's a worldwide issue.  Global, if you like.  There, I've said it; the word beloved of the left.  Global.

And they're half-way there.  It's global this and global that but always forgetting the people who make up 'the global'.  Us.  We're becoming numbers, ids on a database.  My heart sinks.  Label, list, monitor, control.  We need people to counteract this; individuals who come together in a common cause and then go their separate ways.

It isn't about left-wing or right-wing - no such thing exists in reality.  All that remains to us is authoritarian -v- anti-authoritarian - and yet we still don't see it; we still see politics in terms of red, yellow or blue rosette.  My youngest, who's 26, has a good life and doesn't see a problem.  In his words: 
"What's to fight? Is there anything really wrong with politics? The real problem is the people, 90% of the population are idiots who don't know what they're talking about, but think they deserve a voice, so the government caters to their idiotic whims to win votes. England would be a lot nicer if it was just me in it. Perhaps with some sort of harem for company."
Needless to say, in the face of such denial, I've applied for a position to oversee his 'harem'.  Nepotism rules, ok?   (Be fair, it's either nepotism or the barricades for me and by the time people cotton on to what's happening I think my hip might be giving me too much gyp to be hoiking iron bedsteads and mattresses across roads).

This cartoon has one word missing -  'political':


  1. There was a time when the 26 year olds used to make a fuss about freedom and their crinklies would go "don't know what all the fuss is about, during the war we all carried ID cards".

    Something has gone wrong.

  2. Your son, I think, misses a little nuance of democracy. Yes, the masses are courted by the political parties, but it doesn't actually matter whether they are idiots, or not. Once the election is over, the Government has the complete freedom to break any promise it made. When did we have the referendum on Europe that Blair promised, for example?

    Thus, democracy is not about Governments accommodating the will of the people, it is about selling snake oil. It is about a bunch of mostly-psychopathic thooleramawns who will say anything to have a crack at 'ruling'. And, finally, it is about the lie that democracy is the only fair system of Government, so that anyone who is against it is some kind of monster.

    One of Tony benn's questions that he suggested should be asked of political leaders is 'How do we throw you out?' Well, we are beginning to see that democracy doesn't even guarantee we can do that. Brown is in no hurry to stand down, and there is legislation in place to prolong a parliament under exceeptional circumstances. What's to stop more legislation to turn that 2-year extension into an indefinite one?

    But the buggers can be thrown out all the same. I can still hoik bedsteads.

  3. Hello WoaR, I hope you had a good break. You're right - the natural order of things seems to have been turned on its head, though in one respect it's always been the way for parents to warn their children of pitfalls and for the children to turn the other way.

    Edgar, it's not that he misses the nuance, it's more that he'd rather be frivolous and not look at it. He actually studied politics for a while until his tutor threw him out for asking too many questions about the system. Apparently he was 'an anarchist' - can't think where he gets that from ;)

  4. Those people, fortunately, have become us. Seeing as parliament cannot-anymore-hold the legislative to account we have to do it since the MSM are completely inept and politicised to do it.

    Mark my words were we to have a blog conference, where we discussed freedom and democracy, the government would most likely blow the thing up hoping to get rid of a few "problems".

  5. Edgar, you're right about our 'democractic' system.

    Our system lacks true accountability. We have witnessed recently that even the revered American republicanism, based on a constitution "for the people" doesn't guarantee freedom.

    The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We somehow forgot that along the way, so beguiled were we by promises and trust in an opaque system of governance.


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