At 2/23/11 11:29 PM, Dawnslayer wrote:
At 2/23/11 05:57 PM, KemCab wrote:
Actually, this sort of thing reveals the duplicity and hypocrisy of the democratic system.I would argue that it reveals the duplicity and hypocrisy of politicians in general.
And who are the ones who run the democratic system? Well, in fact all people are duplicitous and hypocritical, politicians aren't an exception.
If the United States were a monarchy or a dictatorship, we'd be pulling the same crap under a different guise. It's nothing to do with democracy; it's about power.
Of course it's about power. All of politics is about power, lies, deceit, etc.
I am only pointing out that democracy is no different than any other political system hitherto; it is a form of asserting the moral legitimacy of a government to rule so that the idiots and slaves under it will support it. In an absolute monarchy, the principle is the "divine right of kings," and in a dictatorship it is the prevailing ideology.
In an absolute monarchy or dictatorship, this support is expected unconditionally and the individual is brainwashed or coerced to support it. In a liberal constitutional monarchy or democracy, it is the same -- but the support is nominally conditional. People believe they have "rights" and that the government is there to protect them and exists for the welfare of all its citizens. If you do not buy into this charade, you are still forced to accept the authority of the government ("the will of the people," lol) under the same threat of force you find in any other system.
At 2/23/11 11:30 PM, Dawnslayer wrote:
Forgive the double post, but I thought people here would want to see this: Video
"the international community isolates the Libyan leader..."
"The international community" lol. It is a meaningless term that is used to convey the idea of the moral legitimacy of the majority, "the will of the world's nations" or whatever. Moreover, "the international community" refers heavily to the United States and its allies rather than any fictitious consensus of humanity. It's so contrived and duplicitous. I basically cringe whenever I hear it.
But wow, that's rather disappointing, Gaddafi seemed like a pretty cool guy to me.
I liked his dress taste at least.