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The illusion of consent

16/02/2016

Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use – first to shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. ~Arundhati Roy

Perhaps more sinister, and certainly more shadowy than the Bilderbergers, the “Pinay Cercle” is an “Atlanticist” right-wing organisation of serving and retired intelligence operatives, military officers and politicians that conspired to “affect” changes in government. Amongst other things they claim credit for engineering the election of Margaret Thatcher in the UK and may have been behind the ousting of Australia’s Gough Whitlam. ~David Guyatt

One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. ~Glen Greenwald (February 2014)

Ballot-box

Election fever is with us: in the US, the UK, Australia, and elsewhere, and mature well-educated people are obsessing over elections that ultimately will change nothing at all. The controllers continue to sell fear, war, hate, misery to the mainstream media-addled populace. Let us take a look at what this is about.

An election is a process whereby the constituents of an area elect a ‘representative’ to a legislative body. Unlike the US, constituents in the UK and Australia do not elect the Prime Minister. Looking for any real change to the current two-party systems of these countries is pointless. Unfortunately, that is what governments and corporations want, so that is what continues being served up to electorates who should know better but don’t.

At any given time, the majority of people are discontented by the way things are politically. But when they’re only given two choices to vote for and both of those are controlled by the same forces, what’s the point of them voting? But they do so, anyway! And, it’s my experience that elections, despite the hype, always end in disappointment and tears; with some elections more so than others. Consider the events surrounding Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Tony Blair.

Essential to an election is the fraud of ‘representation.’ The concept appears seldom examined. We each give proxy power to another person (the ‘representative’) who then has the power to ‘represent’ our interests. It’s a preposterous – and pernicious – concept. By voting, you do exactly that. Our right to vote for the candidates of other people’s choosing is the mechanism by which our rights as individuals are vitiated. The ‘representative’ concept makes people accept the unacceptable.

‘Democracy’ works by the illusion of consent and as a political actuality is an atrocity. People believe they are ‘represented.’ And so, they accept impositions that would otherwise be intolerable. It is all an illusion, a rhetorical sleight-of-hand that deftly hides the reality that it is not the ‘people’ who decide anything but rather a small handful of individuals who wield vast – almost unlimited – power by claiming to act on our behalf. The opinions of the electorate have essentially no impact on governments at all, if they ever did. Politicians serve those who fund them into power—that excludes most of us. Voters do not have influence and are just dirt on their shoes. Further, however, you vote, the covert government always wins. State control of information and the ability to manipulate it makes the right to vote largely meaningless.

Electoral debates are forums for candidates to impress their constituents by criticising and insulting each other as they pander to the worst instincts of the most narrow-minded of voters. They offer differences while maintaining the similarities in their view of corporations, taxes and militarism. We just have to contend with the main stream media, shock jocks and their pathetic listeners, the business community and a lot more.

It’s time to start asking why? We just have to start saying that there are grave causes and wrongheaded politicians and cowardly politicians who just go along sheep-like. There are corporations that buy votes and the souls of politicians. There are religious leaders who sell out their souls and integrity leading their flocks to vote for corporate-bought and paid for politicians. Political systems and their legitimacy, and democracy itself, are at risk because politicians continue to abuse their systems whilst adopting little, by way, of ethics and professionalism. Of course, they have always done so.

Your vote doesn’t count and it probably never did. The ballot box is nothing more than a scam designed to make you think you have a voice in politics. I don’t vote because I have a choice not to vote, just as you have a choice to vote. Wake up.


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