Managed Democracy And The Illusion Of Politics

This article pretty much sums it up.  Managing the air, apparent electorate, and the “for most” illusion of .  Great contribution from The African American Intellectual History Society, Managed Democracy And The Illusion Of Politics:

Now that another sordid election cycle is almost behind us, the pundit class has begun to issue the customary pleas for . We are told that we must “come together” after the votes are counted. We must “unite behind our new leader” and help affirm the “peaceful transition of .”

At the end of the day, the narrative goes, we can all celebrate the stability and of our .

Such platitudes offer a fitting conclusion to an election season designed to entertain and hypnotize ordinary Americans, distracting them from ’s escalating of social decay.

Appeals to civic cannot conceal the ugly : American is a hollow shell devoid of substance or . It is a festival of ignorance whose purpose is to empty the skulls of an already benumbed and manipulated populace.

Reality Television: Big Media Control--POLITICAL BUTTONThe corporate ’s endless coverage of the gyrations of the candidates ensures that few civilians escape the spectacle or recognize its inanity. We are bombarded with accounts of the vile behavior of manufactured personalities. Yet we remain oblivious to social realities, unable to perceive or confront the forces that actually shape our lives. This is the point, of course: the carnival exists to thought, to prescribe acceptable discourse, and to protect the ruling class from the threat of real .

If nothing else, this election offers compelling evidence that we have entered a new stage in the permanent crisis of monopoly . The system can no longer maintain even the semblance of legitimacy or decency. The empire is not only declining. It is imploding.

Let us face . is not a democracy—a system in which people have the ability to participate meaningfully in the construction and governance of . This is so not only because a militarized force, bent on crushing dissent and containing oppressed populations, routinely monitors, represses, brutalizes, and slaughters us. It is so not only because the major parties conspire with their corporate masters to manipulate the electoral process. It is so not only because insular clans (from the Bushes to the Clintons) hoard within an oligarchical, dynastic .

Defeat The Elite POLITICAL BUTTON is not a democracy because, at the end of the day, its system is incapable of producing the structural changes that must occur if human beings are to live with dignity on this planet.

Who truly believes that this election—or any election under the current arrangements—will restrain our bloated warfare ? Or restore the social safety net? Or end against black and brown people? Or defeat mass imprisonment? Or rebuild unions? Or transform our energy system?

Yes, genuine policy differences divide the and Democratic parties. Republican, Democrat, Not Playing Your Silly Games Anymore POLITICAL BUTTONBut both organizations are giant syndicates. And on most vital to the survival of Earth and its inhabitants, they are united in their contempt and indifference.

So let us stop viewing presidential campaigns—this quadrennial feud between rival wings of empire—as opportunities for real political expression or advancement. The people who actually run the system are bankers and plutocrats and architects of the international trade agreements that ravage our economies and destabilize our lives. And none of them are elected.

Vote if you wish. But do so knowing that a new social order will emerge only when the current capitalist regime is replaced with a more humane system.

If we want an end to , white supremacy, and -boggling , we must rely on ourselves. We must build popular movements able to storm the structures of while offering people positive social alternatives. Only a permanent of the oppressed can bring about meaningful . Democracy cannot be orchestrated from above. It must be engineered from below.

May wee the people rise up as won and make just us at the of democratic governance.

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