Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jurassic Democracies

not exactly T-Rex, but close enough

The following is a new project called: Conversations From The Abyss. This is the first in a series of dialogues taking place at an undetermined point in earth's future, from the agrarian community of Nova Avalon, in the year 17 P.T.E.

Student: When did you recognize the root problem facing society in those days?

Teacher: It wasn't long before we discovered that our democracies had failed us. You must understand, voting for a politician is like giving matches to a child; eventually they're going to burn your house down, and ultimately, you'll have nobody to blame but yourself.

Student: So why did people participate?

Teacher: Pressure to participate had been so great. It was a meme implanted in us at a very young age; a byproduct of the trauma based mind-control that had resulted from the bloodshed of the first two world wars.

Student: What was the meme?

Teacher: We were being told that if we wanted freedom, we had to accept certain responsibilities. It was often said that it was one's 'civic duty' to vote, but does not one also have a responsibility, at some point, to say: "NO, I will not engage in the democratic process"? Without the freedom to decline one's participation, there can never be such thing as true freedom.

Student: ...but, didn't voting make one complicit with the corporatocracy?

Teacher: Absolutely! I can remember hearing this one often: "If you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain" ...but really, when you think about it, who wants to be a complainer? A complainer is someone who has foolishly conceded their power to another, but a critic, ah!… a critic is one who has retained their power, by never authorizing, nor participating in, the half-baked idealism of another.

Student: So what happened eventually?

Teacher: Voter participation in western democracies continued to drop as each decade passed. At one point, the mayor of my city had been elected by receiving a paltry 13% of the eligible vote.

Student: It's sad that people had become so apathetic... but it was the will of the majority, was it not?

Teacher: Tell me, how low does the voter turnout have to go before the democratic process becomes effectively invalid? At some point, one must concede that non-participation in the democratic process is not an indication of social apathy, but an actual endorsement of peaceful anarchy.

Student: 'Peaceful' sounds good, but wouldn't anarchy cause even more chaos?

Teacher: There's only ever two types of people who stand in the way of humanity achieving peaceful anarchy: those who feel obliged to rule, and those followers who feel obliged to do their bidding… fortunately for us, most of them have now emigrated to the martian colonies, and have brought with them the seeds of their own destruction.

Student: Couldn't you have had a more limited government?

Teacher: Governments will always seek to gain more power, and never cease to grow. Our governments had become the teeth for the insatiable and rapacious appetite of the corporatocracy. We eventually realized that the democratic voting process was akin to making dentures for a Tyrannosaurus Rex, without which, the beast would be unable to devour the delectable souls of millions of it's indentured servants.

Student: Are you speaking in metaphors?

Teacher: Of course! If you can imagine a Tyrannosaurus Rex without teeth: well, that's the corporatocracy. 

Imagine now the millions of voters comprising the electorate making dentures for this giant lizard:  et voila!  there you have the voting process.

Now imagine the prothesis itself, placed in the gaping mouths of our prehistoric predator: that's government; a tool whose sole function is to facilitate the monster's ability to masticate we tiny little morsels, and devour us all.

Student: So it's better to starve the T-Rex to death?

Teacher: Heavens no, I don't have a problem with T-Rex, it has a right to survive, just so long as it remains toothless... and by keeping it that way, WE can then learn to control IT, and by extension, use it's great might to serve our individual needs and desires, instead of the needs and desires of it's pea sized reptilian brain.

Student: So what you're saying is: man and beast can actually live side by side!?

Teacher: For a while at least, but remember, even the dinosaurs had their inevitable rendezvous with destiny.

The Dirty One         Village 5, Nova Avalon.   Year 17 P.T.E.