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Are modern democratic governments ultimately genocidal?
It sounds like science fiction and in all probability the warning signs are no more than that. However a closer look at what has been happening throughout the so called civilized world is very disconcerting. Civil unrest and ultimate gory conflict has raised its ugly head in the most unlikely places and Governments are well and truly prepared with every available piece of armament bought at the expense of the taxpayer. Above all, if the size of the contracts for such anti personnel contracts are anything to go by, most democratic states are well convinced of their good use in the not too distant future.
Plato in his sweeping statements probably had it right all along. Dictatorships at the peak of the malice, lead to revolution which lead to Democratic processes and as corruption, political alienation and economic mismanagement lead to public strife, police abuse and finally as a limp excuse the very military which will herald the new dictatorship.
We need no prompting to note that most of the East has very little appreciation of human or animal life and power for very tenuous unimaginative concepts is the norm. In fact, in many countries it is easy to see that its cruel, distorted ruling elite wallows in a conceptual vacuum where right is wrong and vice versa by any standards. From their derricks, the limp, lonely human shadows that dared to criticize their shallow transparent beliefs swing in the breeze whilst their relatives attempt to question the pain in their own lives. However, when we talk of countries which have moved away from such primitive realities, it seems that despite the lack of such horrors, power still has a tendency not just to corrupt as the ancients would say, but to divide between the passive elite and those unworthy of any more that living with a shrinking wage packet. These are the cultures of tomorrow´s tyrannies and instead of the hanging corpses of the community guardians, whole streets will be littered with the results of the conflict between law enforcement agents and justifiably angry citizens. Whereas the anger and the disappointment could have been channeled long before festering, both politicians and bureaucrats look the other way, unaware of the critical state of affairs. The economic conditions in which most western populations find themselves are grass root bases for resistance to an authority that ties them down to laws and constitutions that do not respect their basic survival. Whilst this in itself could not be classified beyond neglect or simply inability to create conditions for survival, the shades of grey present a picture that takes war right out there to the streets. An internal war that could probably add up to as many lost lives as any dictatorship can swing from the gibbets is always on the cards of most Southern European countries. Executions in countries run by cowardly cretins wrapped in security dare not go beyond the fatal backlash of desperation. In contrived or ignored public conflict, the massacres would not only going beyond any of that, but attempt to justify themselves in the name of public interest. Nature does a great deal in addition in societies deprived of the means of income with disease, and plagues, but acute shortages of water and food for lengths of time also eliminate the frail and aged. It is clear that democracies can only be taken for granted if the systems that organize and maintain them, can be trusted to work in the interests of the people and not in political power structures. Can they - or want to, engage in the day to day concerns of a people caught in habitual shallow activity of little consequence to the quality of life? In short, can nations which place greater importance on football results and text messages on mobiles which control their minds and actions, avoid distancing themselves from those who move in the power vacuum created ? Obviously not and when push comes to shove, how far away are the thoughts of eliminating the so called useless mouths economic interests are all too eager to close forever? It makes economic sense to strengthen the Oligarchies at the expense of the rest without which most Governments find it difficult to secure platforms to perpetuate their hold.
The Latin American States are a virtual stereotype of the power game of musical chairs that reveal the horrors of hate and fear which shamefully tinge their very landscape with the shame of blood. Human sacrifice is but a concept and alas it would seem that whether it is in the form of war, public confrontations or calculated genocide, it appears to want to remain a part of the culture of modern man.
But is there a way out or will another millennia demand its filth to shape the senses of homo sapiens away from veneration of power and wealth for a clearer understanding of human objectives and capacity for fruitful development of his existence. After all, if life can so easily be dispensed with, the very essence of all life begs the question and those who so easily treat it with such disdain must by all intelligent standards question his own. But the world – all of it, is a mess and the question is where the ground rules are to be found to put meaning and growth back into this seemingly shapeless mass. A whole uncoordinated but equally armed myriad of societies caught in false values which can only lead to the extermination of the many by the few. Answers are not readily forthcoming and the richer states view it all with condemnatory shrugs of perplexity if not perhaps a little disdain. Genocide in its most obvious forms surrounds us today with our television screens showing scenes gradually layering induced depression on half of mankind. Viewers are mesmerized by these pictures of hell and many, especially the young not only lose their will to live, but panic This media assault on the sense has produced a compulsive morbid behavior which in itself is a form of gradual erosion of the senses and the weakening of resolve. Is this merely coincidental or is there an overall attempt to reduce the average man in the street to a situation of fear dependence on authority. Sound identification of news broadcasts particularly, reflect a tendency to utilize musical backgrounds that raise subliminal alarm and distress in humans. The continuous application of these recognized tactics also encourage addictions and ultimately subservience results. General media contents also concentrate on alarming and perverse graphic with similar effects. How many people do we know who cannot live without the news channel at least a few times a day ? Or grab the sensational press with a frenzy that could be best utilized for something more useful ?
Most societies now recognize that democracy means consultation and that the word referendum is a hot potato in the hands of the politicians and lethargic diplomats. Most people are beginning to find that that democracy is but a word and that political and diplomatic aspirations have little to do with general moral values, particularly when it comes to the fate of outsiders. United Nations set up hopefully to bring democracies together for the good of mankind, has probably got a majority content of the most unlikely elements that ever got together to support their intrinsic genocidal governments. The priority as has been recently seen in the European fracas is consumption at all costs - and of most things unnecessary. This alone keeps a relatively senseless minority element in the society on high levels of wealth and political influence as monopolies continue to grow and the political hand stretches out closer in pursuit of mutual gain.
But is genocide nothing but a political answer to public threat in countries professing democratic commitment? Or is this commitment an interpretation somewhat different to that which the average romantic citizen imagines is being applied? It would according to social scientists appear to be a case of swings and roundabouts. Whilst bread and circus now becomes designer drugs, play stations, football , mobile chat, internet addiction etc. in lieu of tobacco and alcohol (which were the giant fiscal nets of the past), western democracies lull their electors into political apathy. The “what can we do …?” syndrome of social apathy even carries a quizzical smile with it as the real world becomes the fantasy of the news media. In some African countries, like Nigeria and Sudan, with world attention diverted, unchecked and wholesale slaughter of one faction or another of those who do not even have the energy to fight for their starving children only became relevant once the major massacres had been carried out. In other cases religious majority groups intent on theocracies change one dictatorship bravely, for another of equally or worse design.
Civilizations are a product of forces that owe little to truth and mainly to superstition and fantasy. It is the only recognized way of keeping millions together living in relative harmony with a chosen few to supervise the balance. Modern governments have lost the ability to do it with elegance and affection and the enormous increase in government employment and expenditure reflects the spiral which is presently tearing the great democracies apart. The lack of concern for what the public clearly sees,home and abroad, is rapidly producing a disregard for the political and banking sectors which threaten the very public conflict which could spell the end to ballot box democracies. In atheistic countries like China the vastness and the spread of a once powerful empire has left most scrambling in the earth for a meager subsistence that even now cannot be guaranteed. The amount of genocidal executions which come to light does little to enforce the love for joint effort based on respect for life. Without doubt each and every one of those repugnant assassinations disguised as discipline, stir latent responses that will one day seek their revenge and perhaps head for genocide as expressed in modern day Syria. It takes little imagination to contemplate a scenery where genocide and economic needs easily find a partnership with the sort of inclination shown during civil wars and beyond as happened in Spain under Franco, after the end of the armed conflict. What we do not know , is in how many places, as happened in Timor, families with distinct ideological concepts to the ruling parties, have been mowed down systematically at night, gradually and definitively to remove possible future conflict or resistance to formal occupations. A broad scan across recent history illustrates the underlying attempts to exterminate those who resist changes towards economic and religious pursuits (both probably interrelated). Native Americans, particularly in the Amazon have been decimated by religious and political activists who always raise their eyes in horror at the idea that anyone should classify them as genocidal. It makes us all culprits by tacit implication. Worse of all it points in the direction of the futility and ineffectiveness of our international institutions which appear to be more interested in group photographs than scoring against the enemies of mankind. But is genocide the hidden sting in the secret undercurrents of democratic societies within the hallowed grounds of the West? Perhaps not in that direct admissible way, but whether or not a few die in clashes considered a threat to the whole, the potential for much more as law enforcement agencies equip themselves for what appear to be much more than mere incidents. As the level s of public disturbance, increase the tendency to limit expression and permit unnecessary violence against the citizen “in the interests of public safety”.The institution of fear which modern governments are rapidly becoming in pursuit of submission, has only one ultimate possibility – selective genocide by default. Perhaps it is appropriate to point out that over the past decade it has been shown in action in at least a few world influential states wrapped in democratic garb. But it can happen anywhere. Party politics can do things like that and the electorate driven by blind loyalties to these ambiguous political institutions may well herald their own demise in the not so distant future.
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