Demos, democracy and the ruling classes

"God did not create the people slaves to their prince, to obey his commands, whether right or wrong, but rather the prince for the sake of the subjects (without which he could be no prince), to govern them according to equity, to love and support them as a father his children or a shepherd his flock, and even at the hazard of life to defend and preserve them.

And when he does not behave thus,but, on the contrary, oppresses them, seeking opportunities to infringe their ancient customs and privileges, exacting from them slavish compliance, then he is no longer a prince, but a tyrant, and the subjects are to consider him in no other view. And particularly when this is done deliberately, unauthorized by the states, they may not only disallow his authority, but legally proceed to the choice of another prince for their defense."

Plakkaat van Verlatinghe, or Oath of Abjuration (Dutch declaration of independence), 1581

At the end of his latest, Fjordman writes:
Average citizens who still identify with their nation states thus keep electing people who betray their trust. Since the elites identify little with the nations they are supposed to serve, more power to them will only make matters worse, as it already has in Europe. Corrupt and incompetent individuals will always exist. If you get a corrupt leader every now and then you are dealing with a flawed individual. If you constantly, again and again, get corrupt leaders you are dealing with a flawed system. Our political system is now deeply flawed. The problem is that I cannot easily see how to fix it.
In the subsequent discussion I tried to argue that the fix was contained in the Fjordman piece itself: If the problem is the destruction of the demos and the lack of loyalty of the rulers towards their respective demos, then the fix should be found in the restoration of demos and rulers coming forth from it.

Thus the first order of business is to undo a century of gradual tearing down everything that (partly) defines a people, or demos, the damage of which was decribed by Fjordman in The EU and the Globalist Alliance. Moreover, I believe that, huge efforts notwithstanding, a sense of demos still exists in the common people of Europe: those, in all layers of society, that still identify with their nationality, or nation, or heritage.

The bulk of my argument is contained in a post by Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna (thanks for th kind words, Baron). The Baron used it as a starting point for his thoughts on demos. It's an articulate and thought-provoking post. By way of an answer, I've written a rather long, slightly rambling post with my thoughs here. Here's hoping it does some good


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