Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 1, 2011, 2:09 p.m. EST by Thrasymaque
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One of the main premises of OWS is that the government cannot be trusted so the people should be the ones who form the government as a whole. According to them, true democracy can only be achieved when everyone takes an active voice in decision making. A government for the people, by the people. To show us an example, they have formed general assemblies which purport to make decisions using this process thus giving us an example of "pure democracy", or democracy at its finest.
This concept seems great at first glance. Is it not wonderful that everyone can be a part of the government? In reality, there are many flaws.
Foremost, it becomes evident that this concept simply cannot scale. It might work well with a small number of individuals, but it's unimaginable that it would work for a country with millions of citizens. The logistics involved an untenable.
Many people do not have time to participate. They have jobs, and other matters to take care of. In OWS, an apparent problem is that only the truly dedicated with time on their hands show up day after day for the general assemblies meaning they have more voting power than the rest.
Another problem is that many people are not interested in politics, or simply not knowledgeable enough to take part. Some are uneducated, some are mentally ill. Others want to be writers, musicians, businessmen, etc...
With a system proposed by the OWS people who are involved and knowledgable must deal with the opinions of those who are not knowledgeable. This is a waste of time for everyone. We can see it on these boards. How many posts are written by people who lack fundamental understanding of politics or finances? How much time is wasted by OWS protesters explaining to each other why they are wrong and why their theory or plan is inefficient or incomplete?
I believe true democracy needs to have a leader. A leader picked by the people who is constantly kept in check with a good system of laws. A system that keeps his actions and those or his representatives and the opposition transparent. With this in place, trust in the government can be regained and we can go on with our business.
A major current issue is the preponderance of conspiracy theories that exaggerate the negative aspects of the government and which are aimed at demonizing this institution. Area 51, Icke's idea of Lizard-men in the government, 9/11 conspiracies, etc... These do us no good as they are not the fruits of logical thinkers, but of crooks who want to make a few bucks from our naïveté. In the process, they erode our trust in the government to the point where none is left. In such a situation, it's no wonder OWS is lobbying to overthrow the government and the banks.
I agree the government and the banks are corrupt, but I believe this has been highly exaggerated and that we need a way to regain trust in our government. This is essential. There must be a bridge between the government and the people. People must be skeptical and keep the government in check, but there must be a basic trust or else nothing can be done. I believe the system has a good base, and that with certain amendments, rectifications, and additional laws, we could create a more honest government.
NOTE: I ran out of space, so I continued in the comments. Sorry for the long post!