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    "To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight,
    inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven,
    numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at,
    controlled, estimated, valued, censured,
    commanded, by creatures who have neither the
    right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do
    so..."
    -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

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    Belated reply to Nonson

    To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so..."
    -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

    How inspired and free spirited seems this above statement, however it is a concept that could only endure in the undeveloped world of the hunter / gatherer. How could we live in a modern, complex world without government. There would be utter anarchy, tribal warlord governships, lack of educational, medical, sanitatation and all normal utility services. It would be a nightmare.

    Once upon a time in the earlier days of democracy, people who had a desire to improve the lives of their fellow citizens stood upon boxes in public places and asked for voters to elect them in return for the promise that he intended to do this, and this (manifesto) if they were elected. Generally speaking they did what they said they would do, in the knowledge that if they didn't, they would definitely be voted out next election. However, over time political parties became the selectors of who would be nominated through ever greater and grandiose campaigns. It became almost impossible for an independent candidate to get his head above the parapet to announce his manifesto in any meaningful way.

    The political parties need of funding became greater as election campaigning became more competitive through the need of the newly invented TV and other advertising, and "sponsorship" from big business was needed more and more. As we all know, you don't get this all these bucks for nothing, and we have arrived at a time when the newly voted candidates coming into office soon realize that whist they said at the hustings "I will do this and this", they are pressed into following the party dogma above all else. The party dogma is biased towards the requirements of the sponsors. That is the reason why most of the electorate in much of the world (including Ukraine) are now saying "it doesn't matter who you vote for, nothing changes or gets better". But things are getting better for the "sponsors" of the political parties, and that is what they are paying for. That is why the statement above by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon is now so appealing!
    Last edited by Gotno Gizmo; 9th January 2013, 18:57. Reason: typo error

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