Politics again – sorry! In Britain we are currently having a national debate about Democracy. This was triggered by the comedian Russell Brand, who in an interview stated that all politicians are the same and there’s no point voting:
“Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.”
But that is not a fact. It is an opinion. That is precisely why we have Democracy.
For Brand, who believes there is no point voting, then not voting is the right course of action, whereas people who disagree with Brand should vote.
But Brand goes further. Since there is nobody he wants to vote for, he calls for a Revolution instead:
“Revolt in whatever way we want, with the spontaneity of the London rioters, with the certainty and willingness to die of religious fundamentalists or with the twinkling mischief of the trickster.”
Brand’s call for a Revolution is not a threat to Democracy – it is an illustration of the right to free speech that is an intrinsic part of Democracy. Brand is seemingly oblivious to the irony that Revolutions invariably take away this right to free speech and open debate.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I too am discontented with Democracy, but on more theoretical grounds rather than being generally pissed off, like Brand. But a Revolution? That’s the worst possible solution you could ever think of.
Democracy: System of government where a majority imposes its will on a minority by means of the law.
Revolution: System of government where a minority imposes its will on a majority by means of killing anyone who argues.