Democracy is apparently the best system available as it tries to guarantee our basic freedoms and a level of opportunity and choice. But the opportunity for democracy to succeed in reaching common prosperity can be missed.
Democracy had many roots, from the Icelandic council to the Swiss “Landsgemeinde”. All these communities were small by today`s standards. According to the Greek founding fathers, the people cannot assume power beyond the size of a relatively small city. As larger collective grew, checks and balances were lost, leaving the modern ship without mooring.
“Demos” means the people, “kratos” means power. But do people really have the power? People got ownership. This is not bad, but probably not enough. Democracy depends on the large dissemination of the private property, seemingly bringing the materialist millennium within the reach of the middle class.
We know now that our world is becoming in many ways a more dangerous place, plagued by a multitude of challenges and split by a growing and threatening disparity in income levels. This is partly because the neo liberal 1990s reduced the nexus desire-through-action to a global money-grabbing proposition in which the West`s collective resources were channeled and largely wasted away.
We still do not exactly know who is hiding behind the drive for the power of money? Where is the one who set us on this course?
It is the Mr.D. – but can we recognise the true face of Mr. D. ?
Of course, Marx had already decided that Mr.D is most likely to be a plutocrat. Marx and Engels tried to uncover Mr.D to describe his clothes, tricks and habits. Their attempt to catch him backfired mostly because they focused on sociology and economics and largely ignored the field of psychology.
Mr.D has two sides. His luminous self carries as ideal of liberty, equality and fraternity. He follows a path of growing maturity and balance between multiple interest so as to achieve the greatest good of the greatest numbers.
His dark side is naturally hiding.
In Mr. D`s groin, lust is lurking.
Anger and fierce competition burn in his belly.
Greed boils in his stomach.
Attachment and possessiveness close his heart.
His throat spits jealousy and vanity adorns his forehead.
Mr.D is hiding within modern man, for he is not pretty. If such is the ruler of our country, the chances are that democracy will turn to “demonocracy”.
For these are the old demons of our race that we were told in ancient times, would lead us to our destruction. Have we boarded a taxi for Armagedon?
Gregoire de Klabermatten, “The third Advent”