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? (more…)