How democracy will destroy modern civilisation

Last updated on October 9th, 2017 at 07:46 pm

“Democracy is seen as the pinnacle poster boy for all of our species struggles for freedom and fairness.”

Will democracy save the planet and mankind?

Will democracy save the planet and mankind?

With millennia of previous generations before us, bereft of a voice, or any rights we take for granted in our modern world, the struggles and fortitude of those that fought for our right to vote, was a dangerous and life-threatening thing to do.

Such sacrifices are still going on today, so the achievement of those countries that succeeded in a one man, one vote system, cannot be understated.

With the world a segmented, but huge democratic country, you would think it was the utopian dream our forefathers had fought for, however, there is only one small teeny weeny problem caused by this democratic success.

Democracy will destroy the biosphere and modern civilisation itself.

Decision-making on a planetary scale is impossible when you have 7 billion people to consult and approve first. The life-saving decisions needed to make as a species and as a civilisation is unable to be made when our politicians are looking no further than their next re-election.

Democracy in its purest form is basically an extreme version of decision-making by committee. As anyone with experience of committees will tell you, this is a recipe for disaster with even the most basic of problems to solve.

The ability of humanity to address the larger issues of our time cannot and will not be solved by asking elected governments to make the unpalatable choices, which are required to tackle the global heating and the up and coming energy problems. These are problems, just simmering under the surface of our everyday lives.

Democracies usefulness has over-reached a tipping point which now makes politics dangerous to humanity.

Consequences of this political showboating

The global droughts and subsequent food shortages are merely a page filler for our newspapers at the moment, but the real impact to real people will soon arrive.

Year after year of drought and agriculture failures will soon begin affects food availability.

In addition, the rise of far eastern countries and its colossal hunger for energy and resources will leave the world’s already plateauing oil reserves spluttering as our re-election priority governments, attempt to restart the engines of commerce with very little fuel in the tanks.

As our politicians celebrate that Land Rover are going into 24-hour production to supply the Chinese people with even more tools to heat up the planet and drink the last of the oil reserves faster, you have got to think, hang on, is nobody looking at the bigger picture here.

The answer of course is yes, the issues of our time are well known to everyone, from our politicians down to primary school children, but nothing is confronted because ordinary people can only wait every four years to express their opinions en masse, and when this time has come, you won’t see Turkey’s voting in favor of Christmas.

The “more of what we know” politics is why the United Kingdom’s two largest political parties look like twins without the same clothing. Absolutely nothing between them except their outer colours and another four years went by without any required action.

For these reasons, we will see in most our lifetimes, the collapse of the marine diversity and huge swathes of land-based biodiversity.

Basic home heating and transportation cost and even food will gradually become unaffordable to the poor and lower middle classes, causing social unrest across the globe.

The basics and fabrics of our modern civilisation will begin to tear, like the proverbial rope snap scene in a Hollywood movie.

With necessary change unlikely to be voted in, with 7 billion people all fighting for survival in a post-oil age world, earth’s prognosis and the biodiversity we have enjoyed and benefited from, maybe terminal.

But at least when the time comes, we can all say:

“We voted for this”.


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  • Glorious_rule

    I disagree.

    The majority of people are not able to think for themselves or make decisions. They are being told what to do, what to think, and even who they are by others – in this context the ‘others’ is society, culture, the media etc. This conditions people towards a certain perspective, or frame of mind, which is meant to preserve the status quo, and without which democracy would not persevere for 200 something years.

    In this way the majority becomes ‘the herd’, devoid of life, of meaning, of purpose, and of a path towards a better future. All they see is the ‘now’ for they are afraid of living, and of dying.

    The problem is that this herd, being a majority, has the power in a democracy, and can therefore impose their diseased way of thinking upon society.

    But democracy itself is based on a single flawed Enlightened ‘fact’, that we are all equal. How can we be equal, when we all look differently, when we hold different values and when we think differently? Everything in the world has a hierarchy, where the ‘better’ guide the ‘lesser,’ for the simple reason that the mass of the less intellectually capable should not be given the chance to decide the fate of mankind. This stated equality, which is a lie in reality if you look at the discrimination of minorities, is therefore the tool that makes herd rule possible, which will ultimately destroy the human race.

  • jazzbanjo

    The writings here are sensible and to the point. However, in my opinion it is not democracy as such that is the problem. We hear the politicians shout about our democratic system. It is not truly democratic. We elect a member of parliament who is supposed to represent our thoughts. However, once elected he or she then tells us what to do. There appears to be no representation of our wishes. Of course our method of electing our representative is very suspect in the first place. Having said that, there is still a huge problem that besets us because we live in a society that it is driven by capitalist ideals. We are told that constant growth is necessary so that we either get out of a recession or that we do not slide into one. In general, work is used as a method of distributing money. With ever increasing automation the real work that is necessary to be done becomes less. Humans are displaced by machines. These humans are told to find alternative employment. Jobs are “created” so that they can work for a salary. Such jobs are not necessary. They supply goods and services which are not actually needed and so a huge advertising industry is set up which tries to coerce people into buying the surplus goods and services. All of this creates waste of essential materials and energy. The birth rate is encouraged to continue at its alarming pace, probably because every new human that is born will ensure further growth. It also ensures that more of the worlds limited resources are depleted. A re-think of what we are doing is necessary if we are to survive. This requires a very different approach to the way in which we live our lives with different standards.

  • Smiles

    Well that’s a happy go lucky sort of world view. I can’t say pinning the blame on democracy is quite the right tack either. The democracy we have is broken in so much as it is representative of immensely powerful vested interests and corporations rather than the man on the street.

    If you want to post scaremongering material, perhaps it’s worth getting the culprit right. It’s the fearful rich, isolated from food and energy shortages that are calling the shots now; not the politicians or the electorate.
    Maybe environmental calamity is what’s required to unify people behind a common ideology?