"May The Better Liar Win" - How Democracy Ended

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

What killed democracy was constant lying to the public, by politicians whose only way to win national public office is to represent the interests of the super-rich at the same time as the given politician publicly promises to represent the interests of the public — “and may the better liar win!” — it’s a lying-contest.

When democracy degenerates into that, it becomes dictatorship by the richest, the people who can fund the most lying. Such a government is an aristocracy, no democracy at all, because the aristocracy rule, the public don’t. It’s the type of government that the French Revolution was against and overthrew; and it’s the type of government that the American Revolution was against and overthrew; but it has been restored in both countries.

First here will be discussed France:

On 7 May 2017, Emmanuel Macron was elected President of France with 66.1% of the vote, compared to Marine Le Pen's 33.9%. That was the second round of voting; the first round had been: Macron 24.0%, Le Pen 21.3% Fillon 20.0%, Melenchon 19.6%, and others 15%; so, the only clear dominator in that 11-candidate contest was Macron, who, in the second round, turned out to have been the second choice of most of the voters for the other candidates. Thus, whereas Le Pen rose from 21.3% to 33.9% in the second round (a 59% increase in her percentage of the vote), Macron rose from 24.0% to 66.1% in the second round (a 275% increase in his percentage of the vote). In other words: Macron didn’t just barely win the Presidency, but he clearly dominated both rounds; it was never at all close.

But once in office he very quickly disappointed the French public:

On 11 August 2017, Le Figaro bannered (as autotranslated by Google Chrome) "A hundred days later, Macron confronted with the skepticism of the French”, and reported that 36% were “satisfied” and 64% were “dissatisfied” with the new President. 

On 23 March 2018, Politico bannered "Macron’s approval ratings hit record low: poll” and reported that, "Only 40 percent of the French population said they have a favorable opinion of Macron, a drop of 3 percentage points from last month and 12 percentage points from December, while 57 percent said they hold a negative opinion of the president.” 

On 22 April 2018, Europe 1 reported that 44% were “satisfied” with Macron, and 55% were “dissatisfied” with him; and that — even worse — while 23% were “very dissatisfied” with him, only 5% were “very satisfied” with him.

So, clearly — and this had happened very quickly — the French public didn’t think that they were getting policies that Macron had promised to them during his campaign. He was very different from what they had expected — even though he had won the Presidency in a landslide and clearly dominated both rounds. That plunge in support after being elected President required a lot of deceit during his campaign.

Second, is US:

The situation in the US was very different in its means, but similar in its outcome: it was a close election between two candidates, each of whom had far more of the electorate despising him or her than admiring him or her. Neither of the two candidates in the second round was viewed net-favorably by the public.

The key round of elimination of the more-attractive candidates, was in the primaries; and, after that, it became merely a choice between uglies in the general election. Any decent (or even nearly decent) person had already been eliminated, by that time. Consequently, the ultimate winner never had the high net-favorable rating from the US public, that Macron did from the French public.

America’s system of ‘democracy’ is very different than France’s:

Throughout the primaries-season — America’s first round — the most-preferred of all candidates in the race was Bernie Sanders, who, in the numerous one-on-one polled hypothetical choices versus any of the opposite Party’s contending candidates, crushed each one of them except John Kasich, who, throughout the primaries, was the second-most preferred of all of the candidates (and who performed far better than did Trump did in the hypothetical match-ups against Clinton). In the hypothetical match-ups, Sanders beat Kasich by 3.3%, whereas Kasich beat Clinton by 7.4% — that spread between +3.3% and -7.4% is 10.8%, and gives a pretty reliable indication of what the Democratic National Committee threw away when rigging the primaries and vote-counts for Hillary Clinton to win the Party’s nomination. Sanders beat Trump by 10.4%, whereas Clinton beat Trump by 3.2%. That spread was only 7.2% in favor of Sanders over Clinton; but, in any case, the DNC cared lots more about satisfying its mega-donors than about winning, when they picked Clinton to be the Party’s nominee.

(Ms. Clinton’s actual victory over Mr. Trump in the final election between those two nominees turned out to be by only 2.1% — close enough a spread so as to enable Trump to win in the Electoral College (which is all that counts), which counts not individual voters but a formula that represents both the states and the voters. Sanders would have beaten Trump in a landslide — far too big a margin for the Electoral College to have been able to go the opposite way, such as did happen with Clinton. This fact was also shown here and here. That’s what the DNC threw away.) 

Hillary Clinton received by far the biggest support from billionaires, of all of the candidates; Sanders received by far the least; and this is why the Democratic Party, which Clinton and Barack Obama (two thoroughly billionaire-controlled politicians) effectively controlled, handed its nomination to Clinton. On 7 June 2016, the great investigative journalist Greg Palast headlined and documented "How California is being stolen from Sanders right now”, and four days later a retired statistician’s review of other statisticians’ statistical analysis of data from all of the primaries and caucuses, reaffirmed their findings, that the Democratic nomination had been stolen by the Democratic National Committee, and he concluded that “the whole process has been rigged against Bernie at every level and that is devastating even though I don't agree [politically] with him.” A more detailed study was published on 1 August 2016, titled "Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries”.

Basically, what had happened is that the most-preferred of all the candidates got deep-sixed by Democratic Party billionaires, who ultimately control the DNC, just as Republican billionaires control the RNC. The US Government is squabbles between billionaires, and that’s all. That’s what’s left of American ‘democracy’, now.

On 12 August 2016, Julian Assange noted: "MSNBC on its most influential morning program, Morning Joe, was defending Bernie Sanders. Then Debbie Wasserman Schultz [head of the DNC] called up the president of MSNBC. Amazingly, this is not reported in the US media. It is reported in the US media that they called up Chuck Todd who’s the host of Meet The Press. Something much more serious is not reported — that Debbie Wasserman Schultz herself personally called up the president of MSNBC to apply pressure in relation to positive coverage about Bernie Sanders on Morning Joe.” That was typical of what went on.

Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating, by Election Day, was 40.3%, her unfavorable was 55.3%. Donald Trump’s favorable was 39.8%, unfavorable was 53.4%. Bernie Sanders, as of the end of the primaries on 29 June 2016, was 50.8% favorable, 39.6% unfavorable, and it has been getting steadily better afterward. But the suckered Democratic Party voters (the ones who were counted, at any rate) voted slightly more for Hillary than for Bernie. Even despite Sanders’s having had support from few if any billionaires, he almost won the Democratic nomination, and that’s remarkable. He might actually have received more votes during the primaries than Hillary did, but we’ll never know.

So: America is a dictatorship by the billionaires. And this means that it operates by fooling the public. France is similar, though it achieves this via a different way. And, in both countries, deceit is essential, in order to achieve its dictatorship. Fooling the public is now what it’s all about, in either case. Democracy can never be won by fooling the public; because fooling the public means removing the public’s ability to control the government. So, calling such a nation a ‘democracy’, is, itself, deceiving the public — it’s part of the dictatorship, or else support of the dictatorship.

In former times, this system was rationalized as ‘the divine right of kings’. Now it’s rationalized as ‘the divine right of capital’. But it’s also become covered-over by yet another lie: ‘democracy’. This is a ‘democratic’ aristocracy; it is an ‘equal opportunity’ aristocracy. In it, each citizen has ‘equal rights’ as every other citizen, no matter how wealthy. It’s just a castle of lies. And its doors are actually open only to the few richest-and-well-connected.

Here, a former CIA official tries to describe how the American dictatorship works - the enforcement-part of the system, and he does (even if only by implication) also touch upon the financial sources of it.

He discusses his personal case: why he could no longer tolerate working for the CIA. But his description of how he, as an Agency official, saw the system to function, starts at 3:45 in the video. Key passages start at 12:45, and at 20:15.

Maybe any American who would email this article to friends who don’t understand how the system functions, will come under increased US surveillance, but that CIA official’s career and family were destroyed by what the system did to him, which was lots worse than just surveillance.

Remarkably, he nonetheless had the courage to persist (and thus did that video). However, when one sees how politically partisan (and so obtuse) the viewer-comments to that video are, one might be even more depressed than by the account this former CIA official presents. But, even if the situation is hopeless, everyone should at least have the opportunity to understand it. Because, if the aristocracy are the only people who understand it, there can’t be any hope for democracy, at all.

Comments

revolla Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:01 Permalink

"America is a dictatorship by the billionaires."

Especially the FAKE Hebrew billionaires who love FAKE Biblical Israel above America. They're know as the Dual Citizens, the Neocons, the Zionists, and the former Bolsheviks.

They LIE about their true identity, and likewise negatively influence every US politician. That's how they managed to bog down the US in the Middle East. Through ENDLESS LIES.

Theirs is a spirit of deception and destruction. A cancer that has metastasized and needs to be extricated. 

DownWithYogaPants revolla Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

Same sort of ZioCon / ZioLibs that were the Bolsheviks are now in our government.  The country better wake up soon and root them out.  I know a older gal who lived the entire 1950s in a gulag in a fucking hole.  I asked her what sort of structure she lived in.  Her answer was literally "a hole in the ground".  Imagine a Russian winter in a hole in the ground. 

Don't get me wrong my Jewish friends who are not in the financial / lawyering / government trades are real symphonies of human beings.  Rod Rosenstein and Jamie Demon do not fit that description.   Not by any stretch.  I don't know how they live with themselves.  They must the most one dimensional personalities ever on the planet.  Bloody malignant bea counters.

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J S Bach Oldguy05 Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:23 Permalink

What killed democracy was constant lying to the public, by politicians whose only way to win national public office is to represent the interests of the super-rich”

Put another way…

“What killed democracy was the complete strangling of all opposing points of view to politically correct narratives.”

This is done through bribery, coercion, "fake news" media assaults, and threats against the livelihoods of any who would dare dissent.

Politicians will naturally gravitate toward whomever they deem has the most power, thus ensuring their safety and careers.  Sadly, they are mere whores.  In this world of today, where morality – once the guiding force behind many a statesman in a bygone era – no longer exists... only self-serving materialism rules.  Courage, fortitude, an unyielding adherence to truth, and sheer will are the only recourse against the satanic powers that threaten ultimate doom for mankind.

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a Smudge by an… Four chan Sun, 05/20/2018 - 04:58 Permalink

This is getting so repetitive. How many times do we have to break the crystal glasses of the cognosenti and gently explain that WE NEVER GAVE A GOD'S DAMN LICK ABOUT YOUR STUPID FUCKING DEMOCRACY, ALL WE EVER CARED ABOUT WAS OUR REPUBLIC?

And how about we generously PISS ON YOUR BELOVED FANTASIES ALONG WITH THE VERY CONCEPT OF A POPULAR VOTE DETERMINING WHO IS YOUR PRESIDENT?

But hey, whatever, our republic got taken over by elitists and the MIC so mech, we all lost.

Our consolation prize? Same as everybody else's. We were wrong but for our own reasons, not yours. Just like John Bolton. It's never a mistake to invade another country, the only difficulty arises when we don't win.

At this point the powers that be have noticed that there's just too damn many of us with opinions and they have plans for this.

At a certain point is it gonna be fun anymore?

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Escrava Isaura NidStyles Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:50 Permalink

Article: What killed democracy was constant lying to the public…..

No, it was not. And there’s empiric evidence about why all humans lie. Here’s one:

A study published in “Developmental Psychology” asked a set of 65 kids not to peek at a hidden toy. When the examiner turned away, 50 percent of 3-year-olds and 80 percent of 8-year-olds snuck a look. When asked whether they peeked, most of the set had lied.

The first level of primary lies emerges around 2–3 years of age when children begin to be able to deliberately make factually untrue statements. However, they do not necessarily take into consideration the mental states of the listener. Secondary lies emerge around the age of 4 years and require children to understand that the listener, unlike themselves, does not know the true state of affairs and thus is susceptible to false beliefs. Finally, around 7–8 years of age, children begin to reach tertiary lies where they are able to conceal their lies by maintaining consistency between their initial lie and follow-up statements.

 

“Deception, machination and mendacity lie at the core of human intelligence, like worms coiled at the core of an apple” — Mark Rowlands

 

Now why that intelligent people such as Jews and Christians lie through their teeth? Because intelligent people have ideologies and most ideologies such as religion, political, and cultural can’t survive scrutiny. Keep in mind that culture ‘general population’ is heavily influenced by religion and political dogmas and indoctrination. But why?

 

For personal gains.

 

Can you blame them without blaming yourself?

 

If you can’t it’s because you’re on the primary phase of lying which is not the case with most Hedgers.

 

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Escrava Isaura 1 Alabama Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:09 Permalink

A monotheistic god was the first step that humanity took to organize itself. Before monotheistic god there were too many goods.

Government is recent development. Government has the same goal as the monotheistic god that is to organize society.

Monotheistic god, today called religions or government all carries the same flaws: These are man-made products, meaning dysfunctional, ideological, and race motivated. However, on the government structure there’s room for compromises, everyone makes concessions; can’t say the same about religion and race.

Which attracts me to these religion, political, economic, and culture subjects is to figure out how we got here. And why humanity failed. Blaming others missed the point completely, in my opinion.

There is no Satan or Saviors. What happens is that humans are not adaptable. If you release a bird that bird will figure out a way to live; humans can’t. First, we need to cook our meal. The action of having to cook our meals shows that we are not adaptable. We need to change the environment to accommodate our needs.

The systems that we created, be that capitalism, family, or socialism are based in growth and to live longer; however, we live in a planet that doesn’t grow. So, our believes, it doesn't matter if you are a liberal or conservative, are pretty much self-deceptions, meaning lies that we tell to ourselves, because we can’t face the facts.

 

People to learn from:

On religion texts fabrications follow Francesca

On Christianity lies follow Tovia and Imaginary Friend

On world and religion histories follow John

 

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NidStyles Escrava Isaura Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:58 Permalink

Your entire argument is falsified in the last paragraph.

 

 You’re absolutist in your class call of why these things exist as if they were not merely the extension of the Natural Order of things that obey Natiral Law, which understood to be a mere extension of God’s Law.

 

Capitalism is seen wherever squirrels live and store their nuts for winter. Conflating “Usury” with capitalism is not going to win you an audience here. Everyone knows they aren’t the same here.

 

There absolutely is a Satan on this planet as we speak, and he absolutely hates people like you, and not for the reason you might think. You’re the worm eating away at the society. You’re the reason he hates, because you’re sole contributing factor is that of destruction of what already is, because you’re incapable of understanding why it is. Yes, he does hate, and he hates everyone that lives and breathes while trying to destroy what he holds dear. If you see him, you will know it’s him.

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MEFOBILLS NidStyles Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:25 Permalink

Nidstyles,

 

There are different kinds of capitalism:

 Conflating “Usury” with capitalism is not going to win you an audience here.

 

Finance capitalism is STATE SPONSORED USURY.  Sorry if it wins no audience.  ZH denizens are intelligent enough to grasp the differences.

Industrial Capitalism along with releasing onerous debts would be fundamentally different economy, yet still capitalism.   The money type used in industrial capitalism is either state credit (state banks) or sovereign money (Treasury issued money).  

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NidStyles MEFOBILLS Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:22 Permalink

Tacking a modifier in front of the word doesn’t make it capitalism. It makes it something different that you are adding the word capitalism to in postext in order to validate as something other what it actually is. “State-Sponsored Usury” is still just Usury. If there is no capital, is simply isn’t capitalism.

 Your point simply aggravates the reality that most of you will argue for usury if you’re benefiting off of it. Screw the lesser mortals in your minds, more so, screw the children because they don’t deserve a future where they aren’t slaves to rootless cosmopolitans and the Nanking cartels, because muh Financial Usur-Ahh-Capitalism.

Yeah, there’s no one on this site that will stand behind your arguments. There’s no one that will stand against mine.

 

This constant pitter-patter of mouselike minds across the internet everywhere I go is obviously a result of my reputation being constantly sprayed in your faces like cat urine. I’ve made my point well enough.

 

Until something changes I am still on my side. The wookie in white has the half of my soul. What would you do?

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Escrava Isaura Honest Sam Sun, 05/20/2018 - 08:50 Permalink

First, Zero Hedge, for a large extent, it's a christian site. What does it mean being a Christian?
Christians, I am talking about the neocon Christians, have a chip on their shoulder and they can't overcome that because they didn't invented god, the Jews did about one thousand years before.

Then, the Christians boxed themselves by using the Jewish scriptures even that they kept changed it.

Basically the Christians are competing with the Jews for the same god. But why?

Because both are oppressive religions. Both are competing to the same cake, but, there a about 2 billion Christians, meaning that most Christians ended up with the crumbs of the cake.

Also, Christians are fundamentalist. Most Jews are not because the know that religion scriptures are nonsense. Christianity can not. Slam, its fundamentalist, are even more stubborn about theirs.

 

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lookslikecraptome Escrava Isaura Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:34 Permalink

WHOA   Hold up here homeboy. I am I to understand from this article that politicians are lying sociopathic scumbags that care about nothing but themselves. NO FUCKING WAY. That cannot be true. When and how did that happen. 6 months ago? a year at the most?     if u need the snark tag ur in deep trouble. 

ES Crapa.   Cut with the high school comparative religion crap.

William Blake said all u ever need to no about religion. "There is no natural religion". So yeah all religions suck. If u did not know that u failed 8th grade world history class. 

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lookslikecraptome Escrava Isaura Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

Dude, quit citing developmental psych as a progenitor based upon what u think is wrong with the world and y. developmental psych does not do justice to the power of the psychopathic powers that be. Used psychopath cause there is no Diagnosis for sociopath. 

U need to get into the tomes of Social Psych if u want evidence of how the psychopaths stay in power.

Start with Leon Festinger and COGNITIVE DISSONANCE ( capped cause people here MISUSE this construct so badly).

Then slide over to Zimbardo Haney and Banks; Stanford Prison Study.

Then u can google Solomon Asch. Or google Social Psych and Conformity

That will start to get u straight about how the lying fuckers stay in power. From Hitler, to Maduro, To JFK. and more. 

since academia and research are ivory tower endeavors, recognize that the powers that be have a shit fuck ton of high level armaments to reign down on dissenters. Kinda like, who u gonna call in a firefight, a seal or a researcher at HAHVAD

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Honest Sam NidStyles Sun, 05/20/2018 - 08:04 Permalink

I don't think so. Most of the country and particklerly those who vote amongst them, are in capable of revolt.  

The day-to-day efforts to survive and maybe prosper a bit, takes up all their time that isn't consumed by sleep, eating, screwing, and drinking.  That leaves about 3-4 hours per day that is then consumed escaping the drudgery, or hobbying.

What time is left to get ready for a national coup d'etat, and what would it be replaced with?

We aren't a tiny nation like Cuba, or Calimexifornia that will coalesce around a messiah who magically descends from on high to lead us to a return to a government of the people, for the peeps, and by the sheep. 

No solution, that.

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Cloud9.5 a Smudge by an… Sun, 05/20/2018 - 08:02 Permalink

The pretext that the nation was run by anything other than oligarchs is a misrepresentation of history.  When you look at men like Washington, Hamilton and Jefferson, these men were not commoners.  What has changed over time is the result of the exponential growth of bureaucracies.  Even the Library of Congress has a SWAT team.  The larger the bureaucracy, the more intrusive it becomes. 

As we all know the exponential growth of government has been financed by the magic money of the Federal Reserve.  We  have had much more government than we can afford for more than a century.  This trend will reverse when the petro dollar implodes.

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lookslikecraptome Escrava Isaura Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:04 Permalink

There are two things I believe are infinite. The stupidity of man and the universe. I am not so sure about the universe. __A Einstein.   That cuts it to the chase.

 

Exponential function failure requires that some one understands and misuses exponential functions. Most of the world, me included, cannot misunderstand exponential functions. Exponential function classes are not a prerequisite for politician-ship. Lying is. Ah the beauty of arguing semantics on a sunny Sunday morning with coffee and a cigarette. 

To nobody but a computer screen. LOL

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MoreFreedom Four chan Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:23 Permalink

I'm still waiting for CNN to write the story as to how the questions weren't protected, and who else besides Donna Brazille was involved in Clinton getting the questions.  That they don't write it just shows they were in the tank for her in the worst possible way.  After all if they aren't telling us, we should assume the worse. 

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BabaLooey DownWithYogaPants Sun, 05/20/2018 - 06:55 Permalink

One of the main problems WITH getting this excellent video out to the masses -

is that most of the masses - are asses.

The sheer volume of dis-mis-information and outright lies and felonious glomming on by the shadow government is hard to compete with. Joe Goebbels would be proud. 

Akin to the allies bombing Germany 1942-1945 - U.S. by day - the UK by night. 

Constant - propaganda. 

See: Snowden, Manning, and so many others as to this. How are they painted and framed to the public....?

Hollywood - that cabal of cunts - is EASY prey for these fuckers. 

Pick the most narcissistic, self-centered, attention whores that the masses "look up to", "admire" - want to be like, and turn them into Twattering douchebags - easy peasy. 

Look at how Meryl Streep portrayed Graham in Speilberg's re-write of Watergate (lame, compared to the SHIT done since 1947).  

All you need to do is ask your own circle of friends about ANY of this - and you'll see how "effective" these cunts are.

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Chris2 Alananda Sun, 05/20/2018 - 01:47 Permalink

What killed democracy is people who have no talent, no ideas but who want to be rich anyway.

case in point: Zuckerberg who stole the idea/technology of his "friends" at Harvard ran to San Francisco knowing they would sue him, but since it takes now 4 yrs to go to trial,  he would be a billionaire anyway and just settle with them. Then pay to put his name on a hospital in San Francisco pretending to be a savior.

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Quick J S Bach Sun, 05/20/2018 - 08:19 Permalink

" Basically, what had happened is that the most-preferred of all the candidates got deep-sixed by Democratic Party billionaires, who ultimately control the DNC, just as Republican billionaires control the RNC. "

This one line shows me how lies are used to "bend" the truth as you wish it to be bent ---

Trump was NOT the choice of Republican Billionaires. Trump was not the choice of anything Republican.

EVERYONE in the election process was against Trump but the people who voted for him.

This article should be titled "How The Democrats Screwed Bernie"

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MEFOBILLS J S Bach Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:37 Permalink

What killed the republic an installed democracy.

The 10'th  amendment is state supremacy (powers not delegated by constitution fall to the states).  The tenth was disabled by the 14'th adopted during reconstruction (1868) destroys state rights.

 

How?  Equal protection  (14'th) puts any dispute into the court system.  The Courts then decided not the states.

The courts were also "centralized" under Washington's control by introduction of a federal system (not really ?federal - but what is in a name.)

 

Further destruction of the Republic was had in 1913, when our friends attacked and installed progressive era amendments 16, 17 and Federal Reserve Act (not really Federal but instead private banking.)

 

Democracy is actually a weak form of government, where the public can be easily manipulated and swayed by money power.  

 

 

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MEFOBILLS MEFOBILLS Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

https://townhall.com/columnists/ilanamercer/2018/05/18/whodunit-who-med…

 

Not a day goes by when the liberal media don’t telegraph to the world that a “Trumpocracy” is destroying American democracy. Conspicuous by its absence is a pesky fact: Ours was never a country conceived as a democracy. 

To arrive at a democracy, we Americans destroyed a republic.

One of the ways in which the republic was destroyed was through the slow sundering of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. The 10th was meant to guarantee constitutional devolution of power. 

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The de facto demise of the 10th has resulted in "constitutional" consolidation.

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Faeriedust J S Bach Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

It was inevitable once we started teaching that morality was irrelevant as the "invisible hand of the market" would compensate for all the individuals doing anything it took to get ahead and miraculously deliver the best of all possible worlds for all.  All that is necessary for Evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.  Or get their heads chopped off if they stick them out.

GREED IS *NOT* GOOD.

 

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Setarcos DownWithYogaPants Sun, 05/20/2018 - 01:40 Permalink

What gets totally ignored is that the U$A was NEVER a democracy and NEVER intended to be.  It began and remains a REPUBLIC controlled by oligarchs.  The Founding Oligarchs lied when at least implying "equal rights for all men (and the pursuit of happiness". 

Thom Hartman on RT used to annoy the fuck out of me with his bleating intro about "American democracy".  Fucking nonsense, the founding, land-owning, 'billionaires" of their day gave "rights" only to fellow land owning men - no one else, no other men, no women at all, of course not slaves and especially not native Americans who were to be "driven into stony places" and exterminated.  FACT and fait accomplish, after 373 broken treaties.

Doesn't any Usan know any of this?  Well I know that a few do, but wtf.  I learned more about the N America at school in England 60 years ago, than almost anyone I come across in ZH and internet generally.  Over the intervening years I took sporadic interest, but then a LOT after the bleeding obvious controlled demolitions of 9/11 … OK maybe it took a couple of years for me to really go into it (from where I am now in Australia).

Anyhow wake the fuck up.  You've been lied to since 1776, though during the brief historical period between 1950 and 1990 (say) widespread affluence made it easy to believe "anyone can make it", though the gap between the self-satisfied "middle class" and the super-rich oligarchy/pseudo aristocracy never really changed significantly, e.g. the 0.01% didn't suddenly become obscenely rich during the last few decades.  Millionaires of decades ago are only billionaires and trillionaires because the U$D ain't what it used to be, but whereas the faux "middle" and poorer classes have actually lost spending power, it's the opposite for 10% and upwards to the real rulers, such as Rothschild & Associates.

All that aside.  Who in their right mind would actually want democracy? 

Though it was never actually fully implemented in Ancient Athens (contrary to myth), Plato likened it to boarding a ship, then having the totally ignorant passengers vote for a captain because of his charisma and oratory skills, not whether or not he knew anything about navigation.  How could anything possibly go wrong 😢🤢.  Better by far a benevolent dictatorship, e.g. Muamar Gaddafi or, better yet, a meritocracy, thus long live Vladimir Vladimirovich and his qualified team … THEN voting does mean something.  People sense when a worthy person is in charge.  It's no accident that, after three terms as President, he sits steady on 80+% approval and even the government as a whole nears 50%.

So the US is stuck with what it started with.  It took near total collapse for Russia to get a meritocracy.  Perhaps the US and the rest of the "West" will get 'lucky' and collapse before the ruling oligarchs can start World War the Last … if so then all bets are off. 🆗😁

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