Since FOARP/Gilman Grundy (no relation to Super Villian “Solomon Grundy” of DC Comics) wrote a rather nonsensical piece of “The West Does Not Exist”, I think it fitting to raise a far more appropriate logic of “Democracy” Does Not Exist here in HH.
First, as I have commented else where, the “West” does exist as a geographic entity, contrary to FOARP’s assertion. One only need to look at the “West”‘s Export Control Laws to see how the boundaries of the “West” is defined in the list of favored vs. the non-favored nations. One can also see that the divide is more or less along the economic line of rich 1st world nations vs. the developing nations.
At least, that is a form of “self-admission” in that the “West” has admitted to their own classification as a group of privileged nations in their own laws.
Now onto my topic, “Democracy” does not exist.
It’s simple, “Democracy” means People Rule. And no nation on this Earth currently are ruled by the People. They are all ruled by Government.
Some would argue that some are ruled by the People “through” Representatives of the People. However, ALL governments by definition represent their People, only the method of selection for the representatives differ.
Some would argue that some are ruled by the People through Representatives by the “Consent” of the People. However, not every person consent to their representatives, not even in US. At most, it is a “consent” of a voted majority, and even then it is debatable what is the true meaning of that “consent”, ie. a choice between 2 evils is not a legally binding “consent”, any more than a choice of 1 evil. (In legal terms, an individual cannot be legally binded to a contract, if he/she does not sign on it, then logically, an individual cannot be legally binded to a vote/election that he/she did not participated in.) Hence, the term “manufactured consent” comes into mind, because this “consent” is a legal fiction that is based upon a notion that “silence is consent”. And if “silence is consent”, then no vote/election is really needed to indicate “consent”.
Some would still argue more, that a “consent” of an apparent majority is better than a complete silent “consent”. However, that “better-ness” is in terms of what? It does not translate any more to “Rule by the People”. It is merely empty statistics. An informal poll is also statistics, and may have more validity. An apparent vocal “majority” does not indicate an actual decision by the People.
The problem is, the “People” is a nebulus notion that the minority in power always seeks to coopt by claiming to represent. Every dictator has proclaimed and professed the love of the “People”, and their love to the “People”. Hitler, Stalin, etc., all did it, preached it.
In the history of the “People”, the “People” is a batton of Ceasars, Kings, and Emperors, used as justification for every political system, Modern “democracies” are no different in that respect to point to the “People” for justification of a system that has no more validity in statistics than any other opinion poll.
No. “Democracy” does not exist. It’s a cliched concept, hyped by Western Exceptionalism in an attempt to distinguish themselves from history.
The real brass tax is simply, whether the Government’s policies are EFFECTIVE in taking into account all the people they seek to “represent”.
Votes are Statistics, and Statistics are just empty soapboxes of moral platitude. REAL effectiveness of the policies is the TRUE consent, which cannot be easily measured.
Sometimes, when you buy a valuable antique or a good furniture, there is always something that define its quality that cannot be valued by even the experts. In Quality, we call it the “unknowable qualities”.
Thus, in a complex political system for a large country, it is filled with “unknowable qualities” that reflects the true consent based upon policy effectiveness, and not based upon some votes. Sometimes it is in the leaders’ willingness to confront hard decisions of tough issues, instead of making political convenient sloganeering speeches. Sometimes, it is in their abilities to compromise.
*Those who harp their election systems as true “democracy”, are only making moral justifications upon flimsy formalistic differences that have no real substantive meaning.
Coincidentally, they often do so to protect their vanity of Western Exceptionalism. A need to make others copy their superior systems? A need to continue to feel superior and predict doom upon others?
*No, China doesn’t need “Democracy”. China already has its own “democracy”. Western “democracy” is not the only “democracy”, because it is a vestige of the “West” itself, an admittedly outdated notion that the “West” continues to promulgate as a badge of self-superiority, as outdated as the “West” label itself. A myth ingrained in the laws of the West, only in much sounding form, but with little real substance.
As with all moral soapboxes, they have no real substance. Drinking laws do not stop alcohol addiction. Speed limits do not make highways safer. Marijuana laws do not stop drug addictions. Anti-Abortion laws do not lessen teenage pregnancies or abortions. Like all such laws, voting systems are merely there to appease and acknowledge the vested majority interest to entrench their powers, not to give minorities protections. (Hence, a Democracy could not protect the Native Americans from being shipped to Reservations and robbed of their land and possessions, nor would it undo the tragedy even after it recognized its past errors.)
Such a Democracy, we do not need.