Sunday, December 16, 2012
All political systems are imperfect. If we accept that our ideal for Society is to strive for perfection within our society then we can find a workable vision by which we may judge ourselves and just as important, judge others.
If we can agree where we are, we can also agree where we want to be.
So what is government? It is the process (system) though which people are systematically and consistently managed for the good of the greater identifying group. According to Wikipedia, it consists of legislators, administrators, and arbitrators. But above all else our system is democratic. It means that power is vested in the people. Abraham Lincoln in the speech he delivered midway through the American Civil War stated in The Gettysburg Address (in November 1863) that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” So born out of blood and suffering government exists as a direct consequence of the will of the people and for the benefit of the people.
Not for a deity or a militant prophet and not for a class of, or group of people, but for all the people.
That we exercise this right to determine our future by nominating our elected representatives to serve our purpose (not theirs but ours) is fundamental to our system of government. The form of government that we have chosen is intended to preserve our inalienable right to freedom although by nominating others to protect our interests we voluntarily limit our own freedom in favour of collective security. Our liberty is safeguarded by formal acceptance of equality of rights and privileges. The way we safeguard our rights and privileges is by participating in a system that involves multiparty elections, freedom of speech and equality of opportunity.
What it does not mean is that we all share the same values or that we all receive the same benefits from our work or even that we have absolute equality; only, for better or for worse, that we have the same opportunities in society and that as such, we respect all members of society with equal vigour.
In the 19th and for much of the 20th Century we lived in a world that was still profoundly ignorant and largely uneducated. During this period of the modern era class, wealth and historical privilege contributed towards disillusionment, revolution and violent change. The 20th Century delivered globally to mankind western ideals of universal education, access to health care for all and equality of opportunity. For many, the latter and the former were unacceptable infringements of their religious vision. And the agony of the Second World War has largely failed to deliver on the promises that beckoned to the rest of us.
The distance between the upper classes of society and the rest has grown wider. Multiculturalism promised equal but separate development and we raised no objections to this apartheid by any other name because it invariably attached an Islamic or non-white label to it. The working classes became the middle classes and their expectations, subject to constant media bombardment, failed to satisfy our ever increasing awareness of what we can achieve and therefore, on what we are missing. Instead of managing our expectations Society fed them and periodically dashed them against the rocks of economic mismanagement. Democracy and Western Government should present the rest of the world with an ideal to which they too can aspire. Instead, we today present the world with a damaging image of dysfunction, corruption and abuse. Society’s excesses provide a Manichean model that demonstrates our freedom of action and in our guilt-free gluttony our insensitivity to the pain that we have caused to others in the pursuit of our individuality. Ultimately it is damaging to society because the casualties we created will potentially overwhelm us.
In the 1930’s Liberals believed that euthanasia, forced sterilisation and other, more ‘robust’ methods of population control (‘engineering’) were necessary for the health of society. In fact, because Liberal values represented no more than the educated classes self-justification for maintaining privilege they represented the intellectual justification for Stalinism and Nazism; no more and no less than this. And so what we have today is a class of unashamed liberal and left wing elites that take pride in the guile that permits them to casually celebrate bigotry. The latest political obligation is blind acceptance of anti-Zionist propaganda which, usually and joyously embraces antisemitism while ruthlessly ignoring everything else.
Extremism has always been the logical bi-product of a stubborn refusal to recognise the essential equality of everyone.
The free and equal practice of political self-determination is both cultural and economic. And it is where society has failed. Because in guaranteeing the rights of the individual it has forsaken the obligations of the individual to the group. And minority rights cannot be superior to majority rights even when we justify this practice in asserting that positive discrimination contributes towards undoing the damage of the past. Instead, it enshrines discrimination in common law and creates a culture of rightful prejudice. What is politically correct becomes no more than sanctioned discrimination and it encourages a culture of graduated transgression which blurs the line between misdemeanour and felony and creates a climate of ethical irrelevance.
Hitler rose to power with just over 30 per cent of the popular vote. Terror was given a public platform and rewarded for its bravado. It hid behind the law and exploited society’s weaknesses. We refused to fight for the values that we believed to be worth fighting for. The multicultural ideal can only work if it is predicated on tolerance as an absolute of the society that practices it, therefore, within the ideal there is an inherent contradiction wherever conflicting values exist. Because of this elemental flaw, if we respect the law, the values of the dominant culture must take precedence over any minority values with which they conflict.
Instead, in giving our blessing to a new paradigm for Society we have sacrificed our equality for a lie that rewrites history and leaves us unprotected.
Our whole system of law is based on justice being not simply ‘done’ but as crucially, being seen to be done. Today this is not the case.
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