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In My Country

27 June 2009, 08:31

People who love each other cannot get married.

Women don't get to chose what happens to their own bodies.

One of the wealthiest organisations in the state employs paedophiles.

Those who come to us from foreign lands looking for shelter and protection are met with violence and hatred.

The rich are protected even when they prove they cannot manage their riches.

Those who advocate a freedom of choice are stigmatised as being anti-life.

Those who fall by the wayside are often left there, to die.

Teachers no longer teach, they are crowd controllers.

In my country there is not full equality.

Yet my country is a democracy.

How does that work?







13 Comments
Blah
27 June 2009 @ 09:34

How does it work?

People decide. People accept it.
In the case of the catholic churches sexual abuses, for instance: abuse was known, very much so.
Everyone knew, and chose to ignore it, to not look at it from too close. If it was not clear that the abuse was sexual, it is because sexuality was unclear. Anyone who would have taken a minute to look in earnest at what was happening would have seen.
But then what? They should have taken action.

Democracy worst enemy is the lack of accountability.
A democracy cannot work without it.

So that is your answer: our democracy is not accountable.

Another thing that makes democracy derail is the nature of its culture.
Nazi Germany did not fall for Totalitarianism because it lacked culture, but because it had a culture of death (Nietzsche and Wagner have a lot to answer for, Heidegger WAS a nazi)
Mystic Zig
27 June 2009 @ 12:55

First they came for the......
Blah
27 June 2009 @ 15:16

... beer.
Then they stayed for the craic.
Intrepid
28 June 2009 @ 00:03

True Democracy is an ideology. In reality, people are controlled.
4Paul
28 June 2009 @ 00:06

Lot of irony's about this little land of ours,
We are among the highest drinkers in the world, the highest drug takers, the highest gamblers, tea drinkers, chocolate eaters, Dublin is now a prostitution capital of Europe we are rapidly becoming an STD capital of Europe.

Its as if we live with constant distraction, our collective head are up our arse, the is some wrong in the state of Ireland.
St. Perry Cormo
29 June 2009 @ 12:50

True Democracy is an ideology. In reality, people are controlled.


"As it is classically understood, ideology is identified with false consciousness or the misrepresentation of social relations, interposing a screen between people and the real conditions of their existence"

Jean-Francois Lyotard ~ 'The Postmodern Condition'
Blah
29 June 2009 @ 15:15

Intrepid,
are you controlled?
Intrepid
29 June 2009 @ 15:51

Blah, WE are all controlled in ways we don't always realise.
Blah
29 June 2009 @ 17:05

So nothing to do with Democracy or Tyranny, is it?
Pondlife
30 June 2009 @ 23:10

I think you'll find that all capitalist democracies (is there any other kind?) are very similar Cormy.
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Blah
1 July 2009 @ 05:34

"Non-capitalist" democracy example: Kerala.
Since the 90's it has liberalized its economy, but remains primarily a democratic socialist economy.
The communists keep being re-elected.
Micnow
5 July 2009 @ 04:44

The key to any situation is proper dialogue. Communication is in a desperate situation when individuals are locked in their own beliefs and state of minds. Any type of open minded and rational thought is brought to a complete standstill and with it any way to uplift and repair a perceived problem.
Fgs007
24 August 2009 @ 13:57

Yet my country is a democracy?

Thats an interesting point and a debatable one.

TD's used to represent their constituents views in the Dáil. Nowadays, they are lobby fodder for their party first ( anyone who doesn't do as they are told by their party is looked over for promotion), and secondly they sell their parties ideas to their constituents.

the government no longer feels it has to obey the will of the people, and if the people do manage to coerce the government into a democratic vote, the government will just make them vote again until we have all voted the right way.

We used to have a representative democracy (where our TD represented us), but no longer. Where all this will end, we have no idea.