Good Morning Folks,
So it has certainly been a long time since I have posted anything new on the blog. Although now since college has given us a break and so has life in some way. I have finally found time to watch news, read and catch up with a lot of other things.
The idea for this new ‘theory’ or whatever you may call it came to me while I was studying Antonio Gramsci’s hegemony. It was a heavy concept for me in the start but then it made a lot of sense.
Antonio Gramsci is a communist like Karl Marx, but his ideas are less materialistic than Marx’s conception of communism. But let’s not bore you with the details.
Gramsci said that hegemony occurs because a consent is manufactured among the masses by the bourgeois/business class. According to him the common sense in itself is a result of this influence of bourgeois ideology. Hence you and I may believe that it is good to live in a democratic nation.
After all democracy is for the people, by the people and of the people
I honestly used to believe the above until I read Gramsci’s hegemony. Democracy is the manufactured consent that it is the right form of governance. I agree it’s much better than any other form of governance prevailing in society. But is it really for the people? The only basic duty which every democratic nation gives its people is ‘vote’. You go and vote for your leader. The leader who ends up committing corruption and you suffer loss by increased taxation.
You want examples?
- India for instance, is the easiest example, the country where I live in. The present ruling party is awfully corrupt but its corrupt in open. Whereas others are equally corrupt but its closeted because they are conservatives and powerful like that.
- Japan had to change more than five prime minister in the past six years. They are on their sixth prime minister right now. These changes are because of dynasty politics, bad economic decisions etc.
- Israel has called on for early elections because the coalition could not agree on some economic reforms.
- Venezuela had elections held this year and Hugo Chavez who was the President since 1999 got re elected. Shouldn’t democracy give more people a chance?
- Russia also has repeatedly been seeing either Dmitry Medvedev or Vladmir Putin as the President and Prime Minister. They both and especially Putin is believed to be a mafia of some kind.
- Turkey has has Recep Teyyip Erdogan as their Prime Minister now for the third term. His party is against the values of Kemal Pasha who is considered the father of the nation by the western region.
Now these are like very few examples of how democracy has not really lived up to its theoretical definition. Repetition of prime ministers or presidents may be acceptable by some. But if you want a government by the ‘people’ I am pretty sure there are more than just two or three willing to stand for elections. And how does the dynasty politics even take place? Didn’t we stop the practice of having an Emperor or a King for the very same reason?
Democracy works well in many developed nations like USA, and some countries in Europe. But it’s certainly not our answer to the prevailing problems anymore. The dialectical method of thesis + antithesis = synthesis has to be followed. An antithesis against democracy has to be formed in order to get a synthesis which would hopefully solve the prevailing issues.
I end my post here by saying
“Simply complying to present working system and just criticizing it on social media, only, will not help. Your country needs you to THINK instead of pointing fingers at everyone and blaming others for your loss.”
Thank You for reading. 🙂