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Post-Colonial Anarcho-Monarchist

Rule of the best

Given that the US is undergoing the Parliament of Fools, what would the US population think about a concept of being ruled by the best citizens. That is the wisest and most benevolent of the members of society?

This question goes to the Greek ἀριστοκρατία (aristokratía), from ἄριστος (aristos) “excellent,” and κράτος (kratos) “power”, or otherwise known as Aristocracy. I know its a system which has taken a bad rap mostly due to people abusing the power. On the other hand, there is such a thing as a Constitutional Monarchy, why not a Constitutional Aristocracy? Any of the Aristocrats would under constitutional restrictions. One of the failings of a hereditary system, that is primogeniture could be thwarted by making the title inheritable to be passed on to more worthy offspring, and possibly even non-family members.

A Constitutional aristocracy would require transparency so that the wealthy wouldn’t be able to abuse the system. Thus the commons would hold some sway over the Aristocrats. Also, part of being an Aristocrat would mean that they had an obligation to the common people, not a power to horde wealth, but to share it. The nobles would be the same as the Anglo-Saxon rulers who were givers of rings (and other treasure).

frustrate their navish tricks.

I-95 has been closed for the past three days due to structural problems. Americans believe they are entitled to free highways and cheap petrol. Unfortunately, somebody has to pay to maintain the infrastructure.

As long as it’s the other person.

The revolt was due to the fact that the Crown finally sent the Colonists a bill for their defence. Not just an army, but a navy to protect trade on the seas. Nevermind the taxes weren’t as high as they were back in Blighty, it’s being told they had to pay taxes.

“Tax and spend” is used as a criticism of “liberals”, but we are finding the national debt is being increased since it is spend like a drunken sailor by “conservatives”. More is spent on the pointless invasion of Iraq than the United States. Damn any source of revenue.

But, debt makes the world go ’round, which is a criticism of most of the world’s governments since we are facing a crisis based upon massive lending without any consideration of who will eventually pay the bill.

OPM–Other People’s Money

On the other hand, most currency has the words “will pay on demand the sum of” the note’s denomination. So, really, we have debt. The War for Independence was based upon debt. Trash paper which was worthless, but was forced upon people to show their patriotism. The British paid in gold.

Of course, The citizens of the United States have gun control, abortion, prayer in school and other wedge issues trotted out so that nothing is done until a crisis arises. Even then, nothing gets done. Something might actually get done if the wedge issues were removed. On the other hand, why bother since it is easier to keep peoples’ minds on other things than really deal with serious problems.

Let’s have elections which take forever, but don’t result in proper representation of the people. George Bush didn’t win the last two popular elections, but he won in the electoral college. of course, a parliamentary system would result in new governments every two weeks. Either that, or people would be forced to work together.

The problem is that we have leaders who don’t lead, they follow. They follow polls. They follow the money of special interests which pay for their campaigns. Special interests which are at odds with the interest of the American people.

Perpetual elections

It seems as if the US presidential election has been going on since the end of the last election in 2004. Barely has it officially started and it has been going on far too long.

This whole thing reminds me of the African Politician, I think it was Jomo Kenyatta, talking about the one party versus multiple party systems who said soemthing along the lines of: “Does having one party make us less of a democracy than a two party system? Do two parties make you twice the democracy we are?

That seems particularly appropriate in regard to the US elections. The whole thing goes on far too long, has far too few real leaders, and isn’t really “democratic” anyway. The last one must seem pretty amusing given my comments on democracy. On the other hand, if a nation is going to go around boasting about how it is run by the people, the people should be allowed to properly participate. Instead, quite a few people are disenfranchised.

How? well, the whole process is really run by the parties, which are really Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber. I see no real difference between the parties in practise with the exception of the fact that the “Republicans” tend to favour plutocracy over monarchy. Additionally, they come up with the most divisive and useless issues: “Gun Rights”, “Pro-life” (yet support capital punishment), and religion. This pushes me closer to being a democrat than a republican, even though in English terms I come closer to being a Liberal-Democrat or Conservative!

The funny thing is that Richard Nixon would seem pretty liberal as well by today’s standards for his promotion of such things as the Clean Air and Water Acts!

I would vote for Oliver Cromwell, who was a republican in the sense that the current republican party seems to be, if I wanted a theocracy.

Sorry for the digression, but in quite a few states independents are barred from voting in the primary election. One must declare party affiliation to vote here in Pennsylvania. Sort of like in Northern Ireland: Are you a republican independent or democratic independent? The whole primary system isn’t really run to be fair for all the citizens, it is run to be fair to the parties.

In the 2004 election, I supported General Wes Clark. Yet due to the primary system, he was no longer a candidate when the Pennsylvania primary was run. In fact, it seemed as if the election had pretty much been decided for John Kerry. Now, I am hearing that the Democrats are refusing to seat the Michigan delegation since the State party decided to push its primary forward. Very democratic of them.

As I like to point out, one of the reasons for the American revolution was this desire to be run locally, not by a faceless and distant government. Yet, this is what really ends up happening in US politics. Originally, the candidates were chosen in smoke filled rooms, now we have this pretense that there is democratic input. On the other hand, it is the parties which prolong the primary process until we are numb that really controls the choice of candidates.

So, the people with the largest war chests actually go on to the finish and the voters are screwed as far as choices go. In fact, I hardly hear any substantive discussion of the issues in lieu of sound bites. The real winners are the people behind the scenes who collect all the money which is spent on this process. Indeed fortunes are made on this process; so why make it shorter?

In reality, it is the special interests who really run government in the United States, not the people.

The final insult is the electoral college, which can take a popularly elected Person (e.g., Al Gore) and give the crown to someone who didn’t win, and in Gore’s Opponent’s case, shouldn’t have won. So, it is very amusing to hear George Bush rant on about democracy when he was never really democratically elected!

So, to get back to the Kenyatta quote, having one party or two parties doesn’t make a government “democratic” if the underlying system isn’t really democratic. In fact, it is a sham to claim to be democratic if the real result is to thwart the will of the people. Ultimately, this is not beneficial in the long run.

People are denied leadership by this process. The US stagnates with a lack of serious gun regulation and health care, the economy run for the benefit of the very rich, not for the people. Or as Dubious (Bush) said, “This is an impressive crowd of the haves and have mores. Some people call you the elite, I call you my base.”