Europe needs a revolution

Pat Condell arguing that the current political order in Europe needs to be overthrown.

One minor quibble I have with Mr. Condells item: Votes do no equal democracy. Richard North sees the same flaw in the argument, saying that we need to understand that electing officials does not a democracy make. Democracy, is not about choosing officials, but of controlling them once they are in office.

And it is that control we lack. Currently our leaders do not fear the people, do not even respect the people. Our governors should (re-)learn to fear us. We need to re-establish control over our leaders.

3 opmerkingen:

DP111 zei

The only way to exercise control over politicians is not to allow them to
make tax policy, or give them authority to spend taxpayers money.


Then it is irrelevant if we exercise control over them or not. In fact it is
best to let them have freedom of expression and action. They will then become normal citizens, and we will no longer have an "us and them" mentality.

 That is how the Swiss Direct democracy system works. The citizens set the the rate of taxation and the spend. Majority of the taxes are raised at the canton level, and the money is spent on itemised items within the canton. This makes the entire system local and accessible.The antithesis of the Swiss system is a EU type of government.

Klein Verzet zei

DP, exactly! Basically that is the core idea of referism: Have the population decide on government budgets and income. That gives the control back to the people.

DP111 zei

The business of exercising control means that we have to
appoint people to watch over elected politicians. Then who is going to watch
the watchers? It also means that politician, who afterall are citizens as well, will be the few people who will have someone delegated to watch them. This means they wont be equal citizens anymore.

The Swiss Direct democracy, in an imperfect world, is best.
It has been tried and tested over a great length of time. Modifications will
have to take place for a nation's idiosyncrasies, but these will be done by
referenda, and not by politicians or wise persons of note. 

The question is - how do we bring it about?