Representative Democracy and the Socialist Ideal of Power Redistribution
I’d like to posit a theory if I may…
There is a reason the Corporatists, Theocrats, and Neo-fascists on the right have spent the last three decades vilifying our government, destroying social programs, and gutting unions…
They hate real democracy.
They hate it because when real democracy is allowed to flourish, they lose. They hate it because in a real democracy the people are informed and engaged, which makes them hard to lie to. They hate it because in a real democracy they can’t discriminate against everyone they hate. But most of all they hate it because real democracy redistributes power from the few to the many, and that’s fucking socialism.
Putting power in the hands of ordinary citizens to organize their own government and provide for the common good is the very essence of democracy, but it’s also really, really socialist. The idea that people have the right to choose their leaders and to dictate how they will be governed is still a fairly radical concept in much of the world, and it scares the shit out of a lot of powerful people when the masses stand up and demand that right. Just ask Mubarak and his cronies in Egypt. As income inequality increases, social unrest also increases because power flows to money and vice versa. When people are disenfranchised they have no power, which leads to economic inequality and social unrest. If a nation’s people want to regain their economic equality they must first redistribute the power to the people via real democracy, then form a representative government that reinforces that power structure through industrial and tax policy built to benefit the people and their nation. It’s a bit simplistic, but that really is the heart of democracy and socialism, and it has worked quite well in Europe for decades.
Redistribute power to the masses to provide for the common welfare and economic well-being of the people through democratic self governance.
That is anathema to everything the authoritarians on the right stand for.
That is why conservatives have attacked the demonstrators in Egypt. That is why they actively suppress voter turnout in every election. That is why they vilified and destroyed ACORN. That is why their sock-puppets on the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United. And that is why they will continue to destroy our government and then claim that the government can’t do anything right.
There is nothing they hate more than free and fair elections, following an honest debate, that reflect the true will of the people. They know that they will lose that contest every time, because at its roots democracy is a socialist ideal, and in the end people want their government to work for them, not the wealthy and powerful.