Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In Thailand, protests demand *less* democracy


 
Is Thailand where it begins, the widespread realization among modern-day peoples that current democratic ideals are just the PR spin for plutocracy?

As the BBC reports, the Thai people find themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of a certain billionaire politician predictably winning every democratic election even after being convicted of corruption and banished, his method being vote-buying in the rural areas (and having his sister be the sock-puppet while he himself is hiding where the law can't reach).

We have the same problem in the Western world, albeit in a somewhat more obfuscated form. Our established political parties are good at packaging people into various easily-predictable and manipulatable voting blocks, at whom well-calculated targeted promises are made and sometimes also real benefits given, with the thus acquired votes of these well-defined blocks of people being then essentially sold by the political parties to the highest bidder. Thus in the United States, for example, we have Wall Street as the de facto sovereign power controlling both political parties.

This results, among other things, in perpetually repeating "banking crises", i.e. vast transfers of wealth from the tax-payers to the people who have bought out their political establishment (which additionally has been carefully consolidated into such a form that reforming it to be less plutocratic through democratic means may be impossible, as discussed e.g. here).

For the moment, most Westerners aren't paying proper attention to what's going on. A real wake-up is unlikely until after the plutocrats are done revoking the privileges of the western middle classes, putting most of them back in the pen with the peons.