Wednesday, November 10, 2010

True Democracy

It was once said that Democracy at it purest form is nothing more than conversation. Whoever said this had obviously never seen the internet.
Democracy thrives when free speech and discourse are not only permitted but actually encouraged. The individual invents a political hypothesis which they then spread to the rest of the populace. The people then dissect the hypothesis, picking out every minor flaw and splitting every lat hair, but this only causes the hypothesis to grow stronger over time. Perhaps it picks up some influence from different political beliefs which may include everything from capitalism to communism. Eventually the hypothesis has grown into something realistic, something that the people would be willing to put into practice. The democratic system facilitates this rather nicely. If the idea winds up benefiting the community overall it will most likely be kept around. If not than the democratic system will ensure that it does not remain in practice for much longer.
The key to this is the free exchange of ideas. The open marketplace of hypotheses. Without a system in place in which the individual can be exposed to new ideas and new criticisms, the state system will become stagnant. Change would be incredibly difficult to facilitate. People would be locked in partisan bickering. There would be no "right" and "wrong" but only "loud" and "louder". This is a form of authoritarianism in which nobody is in charge. It is essentially an anarchic authoritarian dystopia.
Fortunately for modern times, the internet exists as a source of rational discourse between like minded individuals. This serves to belay the absurd amount of closed-mindedness that the mainstream political media is pushing onto the citizens. One can speculate all sorts of irrational theories that the internet serves as the collective subconscious of very human that uses it, or that it was created not of technology and business but out of necessity to the human race. The only theory that can be supported with evidence at this particular point in time is that the internet is completely essential to the evolution of humanity.
The worst thing that could happen is for authoritarianism to gain hold of this particular free marketplace of ideas. Be they corporations such as Google and your internet service providers, or governments such as China and the United States, no version of control must be placed over this as-of-yet still free domain. This is the place where bad ideas come to die, and where the good ideas may yet survive despite layers upon layers of propaganda.

"VI VERI VENIVERSUM VIVUS VICI"

43 comments:

  1. Fantastic thoughts can be found in this post, great writing/sharing!! I agree with all of it!

    I will be sure to come back around soon, I truly love this blog!!

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  2. tl;dr
    also, i loved v for vendetta
    also, i hate politics, at least here in brazil, it's a lost cause

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  4. sadly north america is no longer a real democracy, to be able to be democratic we need to all participate, when less then 40% of people vote, then the decisions that are made are not those of the majority of citizens=fail

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  5. hm, will be sure to think of democracy like this.

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  6. Wow, great post man. Sadly democracy in the United States is dieing out, and doing so very quickly.

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  7. I just had an at-length discussion on whether the U.S. was truly a democracy to begin with or whether it's a representative republic who labels itself a democracy because all the cool kids do it.

    While such semantics doesn't really change much of anything, I'm curious as to what prompted such a statement?

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  8. I dont think the concept of true democracy is really plausible.

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  9. cannot say better than "VI VERI VENIVERSUM VIVUS VICI" !

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  10. as with everything even democracy needs balance

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  11. Sadly no country can be completely democratic. These days there has to be some kind of control over people. How else can the rich people keep their 10 cars and 3 houses. *sarcasm*

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  12. in germany democracy needs more balance actually...but it works fine can't wait for your next post

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  13. In my opinion there's not one state or country that calls itself democratic that really is democratic. And , also in my opinion, it is worsening.

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  14. I love the Internet. It has brought the world so much closer together, in so many different ways.

    Very good post.

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  15. thats really interesting to know!thanks for sharing

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