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We Don't Have The Government We Deserve

by brabant (writer), , November 02, 2011

Are we with Hobbes or with Locke? The social contract model has been hijacked.....and we're told it is our own fault.

Do we follow Hobbes or Locke?

Do we feel that, in return for protection from the egoistical urges of others, we have formed a commonwealth and given up the right to overthrow its rulers, or do we feel that we made a social contract, with obligations on both sides?Our rulers clearly think we have a commonwealth...where we, the commons, supply their wealth...and in some parts of the world they allow us to elect figureheads from among their ranks. They call it democracy.If we don't like what we get, well, that's the bargain we made in return for the security of property and freedom from attack.

However, Hobbes has long had a bad press, so our rulers present us with Locke's social contract model as camouflage...and as long as we continue to validate this by voting for them in elections, we are told that they are our choice.We get what we deserve, they tell us in the press with which they have a symbiotic relationship.

I suggest we don't deserve what we have at the moment

We do not deserve to have the children of the poor among us fighting wars for the benefit of international and national corporations.

We do not deserve the deregulation of banking which led the the self serving scam that is derivative trading.

We do not deserve to have concerns for the environment perverted into sham money making ventures such as wind farms and ethanol production.

We do not deserve not only cuts in education budgets, but a view of education as a sausage machine leading to a dead end job.

We do not deserve to have our elderly regarded as worthless and treated with cruelty.

You'll have your own examples.

The social contract has been hijacked, its terms what do we do about it?

Passively, don't vote for established parties...or any parties.

Actively, vote for real people without party machines. Write real people in on tickets...local and national.

Make your voice heard...your way.

We are in a similar situation to that preceding the French Revolution....our rulers demonstrate their incompetence day after day; their inability to control what they themselves have spawned and they hope to hold us in check by fear of what they call anarchy, mob rule.

We have the antidotes to anarchy and mob rule in the mechanism of the social contract...if we take back the responsibility that the 'commonwealth' model denies us and have confidence in ourselves and each other.

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By TonyBerkman on November 02, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Maybe it's the one we deserve since we haven't done our part though it certainly isn't the government that has our best interests' at heart.

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By Kent5 on November 02, 2011 at 01:39 pm

Things are certainly not as they should be. We are living in a time when scoundrels prosper, while more deserving people struggle just to survive. But by the time elections roll around, it is often too late to do much about it -- by then the die is often cast, and besides, we usually don't have much to choose from. Sometimes there is no provision for writing in a candidate's name if they aren't already on the ballot, and even when there is a provision for that there is little chance of getting enough people organized to vote for the same individual so they have a real chance of winning. Most of what we can do to have any say in things has to be done before we vote. We have to express our opinions and lobby our representatives in whatever ways are available to us. The supposedly guaranteed "freedom of assembly" provides us one way of doing this. We can't be sure of changing anything, though. Locke's theory that we have made a bargain for the kind of society we have is a nice idea, but it's not an accurate description of how things are -- at least not usually in any overt kind of way. I like the quote attributed to Charles Bukowski about this subject: "The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.”

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By ranfuchs on November 02, 2011 at 07:56 pm

The US political and financial system, like any system has life of its own, and hopefully death of its own. At some stage we lose control. Sometimes we regain it, other times we end up with the French Revolution. Which will it be this time?

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By TonyBerkman on November 02, 2011 at 09:21 pm

ranchfus, systems do somewhere along the line "get a life of their own." I believe the U.S. system will change and adapt. It is set up to do that. There are checks and balances and the people have a voice -- despite what seem consider to not be an absolute one. The OWS message may be that "follow the money" and you get to the power. The 1% have the influence to change our political system and it is their responsibility to do so. Recessions happen. I have lived in the States in the 1970s, 1980s debt crisis where companies were leveraged to the hilt and it looked like their demise was imminent, S&L crisis, the dot com crash, the beanie baby crash, this crisis. I think this is the healthiest movement we have seen as people are saying "enough." Yes we can may have had great intent behind it however obviously we could not. So where is the leverage to change this situation. It isn't to tax the 1% but it is to get them to recognize that their "short term" gains from "buying out government" is going to lead to "long term" losses. In essence they are not performing their duty to maximize shareholder wealth. Their focus on quarterly EPS is coming at the expense of long term profit maximization . No capital system = no markets. We know that central markets don't work. The best system man has come up with is the market system. It is that system that needs to step up and get the government back on track. The government will not do it unless the "voice of the people" is made loud and clear. The message needs to be "stop paying off congress." "Do the right thing." If not we will stop buying from your companies. This will change America and reallign it with what is best for this country and I hope best for the world.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on November 03, 2011 at 01:57 am

People from here and there can't have the government they deserve, rather the government will have the people it deserves. This is what makes people suffer in different ways.

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By TonyBerkman on November 03, 2011 at 02:56 am

I'm not sure how that relates to the Palestinian authorities wanting to be part of UNESCO knowing that it is likely going to cause further problems when it comes to negotiating a Peace Treaty with Israel. It further alienates the 2 sides which is the exact opposite of what should be done if they want to make Peace. Essentially their leaders, for whatever reason, perhaps they are being "too smart", are going to not only hurt their own people but people who benefit from the funding that UNESCO receives from the US. To exacerbate the situation they intend to apply to more agencies. It is their right though they are well aware of the US law as it has been on the books since the 1980s. They need to sit down and give peace a chance. Perhaps that is not their ultimate objective though.

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