Drag democracy. | daily blog

Let’s face it, democracy is a hindrance – in every sense of the word. Beatnik feeling: It’s a drag man. It means a state of affairs characterized by boredom and frustration, where something or someone stands between you and your desires. Then there’s the “drag” of theatrical acting, slandering and pretending to be something you’re not: appeared in the clouds.Not to mention the scientific definition of “clouds”: Something that delays or impedes movement, work, or progress. And finally, use ‘drag’ in its most common usage: To cause you to move slowly or hard. There’s more, of course, but you see where this goes.

For a growing number of people, both here in New Zealand and around the world, democracy is the problem – not the solution. get on the road. It’s fake. slows everything down. Or, it takes a lot of effort.

Outside the confines of our political culture—the place where people who have been expelled from Parliament land usually park their cars—democracy is often dismissed as a chore.

That’s because representative democracy takes a lot of work. Create a party. Constitution drafting. Work on what you stand for. Collect the names and addresses of more than 500 eligible voters who have also paid party membership fees (receipts required). All of these things must be done before you can be registered by the Electoral Commission as a political party. Of course, you must be a registered political party before you can field electoral candidates and/or submit a party list.

What a load of nonsense! How is people’s freedom protected by forcing them to jump through all these bureaucratic hoops? It is clearly just a way to stifle enthusiasm and scatter the energy of free individuals.

You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to see that the moment your movement agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of electoral commissions, all sick political action becomes inevitable. Factions form. The emergence of faction leaders. The outbreak of strife between the factions. The toughest and thickest-skinned villains in your movement end up running the show. You broke before you even started collecting money and roam the streets looking for votes. Which is exactly what the intended powers have been all along.

democracy? It’s drag, man.

Then there are the people for whom democracy is the queen of drag.

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Fashion is great: freedom! justice! Make-up is perfect. Have you ever seen anyone seem more honest, caring, or Kindly? But that’s all there is to it, guys – lipstick and wig. fake news Forget dresses, face powder, and accessories. Lady Liberty is truly the captain of capitalism. And all those love songs for the people you’re packing? Lips synchronized a lot of them. Captain Capitalism can’t sing a tune.

Neoliberals also describe democracy as a hindrance. Don’t run as in boring. Do not pull as in a fake. But drag as in the thing that slows everything down. In particular, as something slowing down or – worse – actively hinder Free market operations.

That is why neoliberals do everything in their power to make “government of the people, by the people, for the people” practically impossible. Stripping people’s representatives of their power to interfere in the business of free enterprise. Privatize everything the people own. Starve the state of the money it needs to properly care for its citizens by cutting taxes – and then cutting more of them. Deregulation of everything you can convince the electorate is a hindrance to their happiness – especially the excessive power of trade unions! Rake the rules and regulations. In the words of the immortal Mark Zuckerberg: “Move fast and smash things.”

Don’t let democracy become a burden on your freedom.

Then there are the rest of us. Ordinary, respectable, conscientious participants in the electoral process, for whom democracy has come to feel like a huge and heavy collection of failures and false promises that we are forced to sway behind us.

Every general election is the same. Political parties offer their wares before us in the political market. We put our money and we choose. If we are lucky our party wins. If he loses, we shrug and say ‘there’s always next time’. However, the problem is that, whether you win or lose, nothing ever seems to improve. No matter which party takes the closet seats, the chores of living is getting tougher.

There was a time – or so the history books tell us – when the promises of politicians meant something. Every three years, parties release statements full of policies that if they win elections, they will implement them. The parties themselves were large organizations, with thousands of members, political mechanisms to translate their desires into policies, and politics into law. It wasn’t a perfect system, but it worked well enough to keep people believing that democracy was something to cherish.

Exactly when it all started to go wrong is hard to pin down – although there are some who view the 1984 election as the beginning of the decline of democracy in New Zealand. They point to the fact that what Labor put into its manifesto bears absolutely no resemblance to the political revolution that David Lange and his Treasury Secretary Roger Douglas unleashed on the country. New Zealanders were told that there was no alternative to Labor government ‘reforms’ – which had to be true, because in 1987 Labor had not published a statement at all.

Others say corruption really started in 1990. Fed up with Labor reforms, nearly half of the country turned to Jim Bolger of the National Party who was promising to restore the “decent society” that had been destroyed by the Labor Party. Other than that, even before all the votes were counted, National began reneging on its promises. Instead of a decent community, New Zealand got the “mother of all budgets”. More of the same – only worse. Much worse.

It seems that democracy is no longer working, but people have not been able to fix or improve it. They have tried. The New Zealanders gave up the first-place winners for the proportional mixed member. But, if anything, it only made matters worse. The decisiveness of the elected governments under the Freedom and Justice Party, and the power to keep their promises, has been replaced by government through coalitions, which, as everyone knows, can never be as honest as its most deceitful members.

Promises no longer mattered, because no party was in a position to fulfill them, or at least not all of them.

Until the 2020 election, when Jacinda Ardern’s Labor government won an absolute majority of seats, in recognition of its brilliant handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, finally, her party promises could be fulfilled.

But they weren’t. Labor politicians and the government system they served seem to have forgotten how.

And so we poor kiwis keep going forward, harnessing like plows this heavy weight on our backs. This is the rotting corpse of democracy that we have been forced to drag behind us. It’s a sad story, but the saddest part is how easy it is to persuade the right person, using the right words, to persuade us to cut the traces that bind us to our democratic burden – and simply let it go.

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