The etymologically accurate official narrative is that these regimes represent a form of rule by the people. Historically, "democracy" used to be a term of abuse, with connotations comparable to those associated with the term "mob rule", while nowadays it is seen as a highly positive term.
The often unspoken assumption behind the modern use of the term by commercially-controlled media is that the party politics framework provides an effective reflection of (most) people's will. In the case of the USA, this is directly contradicted by the only academic study to tackle the topic, Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens a paper from the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics which begins by asking "Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless?" and concludes that "Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts."
Choosing the least worst?
The 2016 US election provoked strong reactions and the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was widely seen as not representative of the aspirations of the US people. People worldwide appear to be waking up to the fact that whoever wins, the people themselves do not win, that, in the words of the late George Carlin, "the game is rigged".
Deep state control
- Full article: Deep state
- Full article: Deep state
Many democracies are demonstrably controlled by deep state groups, who install puppet leaders to do their bidding. Mark Gorton has documented how the cabal exercises control over the US presidency, while the Bilderberg group has included at least 5 UK Prime Ministers to be, before they were made leaders of a political party.
- Full article: Voting fraud
- Full article: Voting fraud
There is considerable evidence of vote theft by software in US elections, including peer reviewed academic papers and sworn testimony of people who coded the vote systems. However, the commercially-controlled media continues to treat the subject as a third rail topic.
- Full article: Lobbying
- Full article: Lobbying
Bribery has always been a form of control over the nominally independent political apparatus. In the modern era, what is euphemistically known as "lobbying" is an increasingly transparent version of the same thing. Put simply, lobbying is to bribery as tax avoidance is to tax evasion. Most politicians belong to the monied classes, and many are multi-millionaires, allowing them scope for "lobbying".
Terror management theory
- Full article: Terror management theory
- Full article: Terror management theory
Terror management theory is a branch of psychology about how fear of death can overcome reasoned judgements, and do so subliminally, without subject population even being aware of the fact. This theory has not been lost on the architects of the "war on terror" Sheldon Solomon explains that "Five weeks before the 2004 presidential election, Americans reminded of their mortality or the events of September 11, 2001, reported that they intended to vote for President George W. Bush by an almost 3:1 margin. Americans in a control condition reported that they intended to vote for Senator John Kerry by a 4:1 margin – suggesting that subtle alterations in psychological conditions can have profound effects on political preferences that could skew the outcome of close elections."
The Prisoner is centred on a village in which people are held prisoner with numbers instead of names. They hold elections of "number 2", who is the public face of authority, and is depicted in a technologically equipped command center which surveils the village. The unsuccessful efforts of the protagonist to discover the identity of "number 1" are a recurrent theme throughout the series.
|1970s||“[M]uch of the destabilization of British democracy in the 1970s can only be fully understood by analysing the international support given to groups like the Anglo-American “deniable propaganda” outlet, the Institute for the Study of Conflict.”||David Teacher|
|Ziad Abdelnour||“Iran's going to be finished and every single Arab regime that's like this will be finished. Because there is no room for us capitalists and multinationalists in the world to operate with regimes like this. Its all about money. And power. And wealth... and democracy has to be spread around the world. Those who want to espouse globalization are going to make a lot of money, be happy, their families will be happy. And those who aren't going to play this game are going to be crushed, whether they like it or not! This is how we rule. And this is how it's going to be as long as you have people who think like me.”||Ziad Abdelnour||18 November 2005|
|George Carlin||“On Election Day, I stay home. Two reasons: first of all, voting is meaningless; this country was bought and paid for a long time ago. That empty shit they shuffle around and repackage every four years doesn't mean a thing. Second, I don't vote, because I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. I know some people like to twist that around and say, "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain." But where's the logic in that? Think it through: If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and you screw things up, then you're responsible for what they've done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote—who, in fact, did not even leave the house on Election Day—am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created. Which I had nothing to do with. Why can't people see that?”||George Carlin|
|George Carlin||“You might have noticed that I never complain about politicians. I leave that to others. And there's no shortage of volunteers; everyone complains about politicians. Everyone says they suck. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky; they don't pass through a membrane from a separate reality. They come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, and American businesses. And they're elected by American voters. This is what our system produces, folks. This is the best we can do. Let's face it, we have very little to work with. Garbage in, garbage out. So maybe it's not the politicians who suck; maybe it's something else. Like the public. That would be a nice realistic campaign slogan for somebody: "The public sucks. Fuck hope." Put the blame where it belongs: on the people. Because if everything is really the fault of politicians, where are all the bright, honest, intelligent Americans who are ready to step in and replace them? Where are these people hiding? The truth is, we don't have people like that. Everyone's at the mall, scratching his balls and buying sneakers with lights in them. And complaining about the politicians.”||George Carlin|
|Corporate media/Censorship||“would through a lurid light of distrust and disbelief onto our entire electoral system, political system and basically our democracy”||Jonathan Simon||24 November 2016|
|Friedrich Engels||“the state is nothing but a machine for the oppression of one class by another, and indeed in the democratic republic no less than in the monarchy [...] until such time as a new generation, reared in new and free social conditions, will be able to throw the entire lumber of the state on the scrap-heap.”||Friedrich Engels|
|Financial system||“The key master lie is this one:- that the politically-imposed (not economically-) the politically-imposed global corporate system calling itself the "global free market", that that politically-imposed global corporate system equals the "free market" equals democracy equals a solution to poverty.”||John McMurtry||2001|
|Bill Gates||“The closer you get to [government] and see how the sausage is made, the more you go, oh my God! These guys don’t even actually know the budget. . . . The idea that all these people are going to vote and have an opinion about subjects that are increasingly complex — where what seems, you might think . . . the easy answer [is] not the real answer. It’s a very interesting problem. Do democracies faced with these current problems do these things well?”||Bill Gates||2013|
|John Taylor Gatto||“As a vampire fears garlic, the marketplace fears wisdom. Well schooled populations are usually trained to pay lip service to democracy. At the same time, they are being conditioned to avoid the attitudes and behaviors democracy requires. It's a dilemma without an easy answer, because though our national consciousness honors the idea of a democratic society, our national economy and our government would wither and die under anything less than a command-and-control reality. Would you teach critical judgment and moral behavior to everybody? Tell me something, if you would. How could an economy like ours, grounded in the global sale of war machinery, industrially produced meat, fruit and vegetables which has a nutritional value about half of what farm products did in 1940, that relies on financial trickery and the mass sale of magical programs of schooling (not all of them inside school). How could an economy like this endure in a climate of critical intelligence?”||John Taylor Gatto||2008|
|Katharine Graham||“We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I think democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.”||Katharine Graham||1988|
|Michael Ledeen||“Creative destruction is our middle name. We do it automatically.... It is time once again to export the democratic revolution.”||Michael Ledeen|
|Craig Murray||“It is to me quite incredible that the UK is still at the mercy of the whims and foibles of degenerates from not only the same class, but from within the same tiny social institutions which still confer a hereditary ability to govern a state of 60 million people now, in 2020. It makes a mockery of the UK’s claim to be a functional social polity and it makes a mockery of the very notion that “democracy” has any real existence in British society.”||Craig Murray||14 February 2020|
|Nice truck event||“Democracy must not be weak, nor simply commemorate. Democracy must say "We will win the war."”||Nicolas Sarkozy||July 2016|
|Barack Obama||“In spite of the promise of “Change you can believe in,” it looks like things are basically UNchanged”||Barack Obama|
|Mabel van Oranje||“Most mainstream media are being driven by print runs and ratings and not by unprejudiced critical analysis, truth-finding or simply delivering quality. Image is superseding content. Mass-media in the open society play an essential role for our orientation on the world and are of substantial importance for our view on the truth. (...) What is democracy if the vox populi will not listen to the truth but only wants to listen to sensationalism?”||Mabel van Oranje|
|Plastic word||“In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning. Words like romantic, plastic, values, human, dead, sentimental, natural, vitality, as used in art criticism, are strictly meaningless, in the sense that they not only do not point to any discoverable object, but are hardly ever expected to do so by the reader. When one critic writes, ‘The outstanding feature of Mr. X's work is its living quality’, while another writes, ‘The immediately striking thing about Mr. X's work is its peculiar deadness’, the reader accepts this as a simple difference opinion. If words like black and white were involved, instead of the jargon words dead and living, he would see at once that language was being used in an improper way. Many political words are similarly abused. The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’. The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using that word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different. Statements like Marshal Petain was a true patriot, The Soviet press is the freest in the world, The Catholic Church is opposed to persecution, are almost always made with intent to deceive. Other words used in variable meanings, in most cases more or less dishonestly, are: class, totalitarian, science, progressive, reactionary, bourgeois, equality.”||George Orwell||1946|
|Plutocracy||“The United States is not a democracy, it is a plutocracy. The people don’t rule in the United States. Wealth rules, the corporations rule. They rule the Congress, they elect the president, they run the Pentagon. They own the media, which are the voices of the plutocracy.”||Ramsey Clark|
|Political party||“It doesn't make the slightest difference whether Republicans have control of congress or democrats. They're the same people. Look at their campaign contributions.”||John Taylor Gatto|
|Michael Ruppert||“It’s organized crime. All you do is you call the Republicans the Genoveses and you call the Democrats the Gambinos. The people at the top, they treat it like a crap game. It’s their crap game, like they’re making lots of money. Occasionally, somebody at the table shoots each other, but the moment anything threatens their crap game, they all unite to protect it. ... They’re both controlled by the same financial, economic and corporate interests.”||Michael Ruppert|
|Mark Rutte||“I'm totally, totally, totally against referendums on multilateral agreements.”||Mark Rutte|
|Social change||“Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.”||William Lyon Mackenzie King||1935|
|UK/Deep state||“Even though we live in what's called a democracy, a few people will always run things in this country anyway.”||August 2018|
|US/Foreign policy||“Anybody who believes that a country's internal democracy is the determining factor in whether the West decides to move for violent regime change in that country, is a complete idiot. Any journalist or politician who makes that claim is more likely to be a complete charlatan than a complete idiot. In recent years, possession of hydrocarbon reserves is very obviously a major factor in western regime change actions.”||Craig Murray||January 2019|
|Matthijs Veenendaal||““Trust is a key foundation of a well-functioning society. Without reliable communication, organizations cannot operate effciently, be they corporations or government institutions. Malicious actors are aiming to exploit vulnerabilities in communication flows. With the advent
of new technology, it is possible for adversaries to impersonate leaders and create false impressions among population.The Tallinn based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence will organize a session focusing on questions including: What is at stake? What can nations do to enhance and protect trust in democratic institutions? Or is it already too late?”
|Woodrow Wilson||“Nothing like official sanction was given to the idea that the United States is first and foremost a democracy until Woodrow Wilson, in making the war against the Central Powers a war for democracy, gave the stamp of wide popularity to the idea that the United States is, first and foremost, a democracy.”||Woodrow Wilson|
|Howard Zinn||“Voting is fairly easy and convenient but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.”||Howard Zinn||April 2008|
|Document:Abolish Terrorist Agencies||essay||29 July 2019||David Swanson||Swanson characterises Annie Jacobsen's Surprise Kill Vanish as an apology for intelligence agencies. He deconstructs their the official narratives of defending "democracy", claiming that they have "decades of engaging in and provoking terrorism". Citing blowback from their operations as major factors in the growth of the MICC and its climate paranoia and permanent war, he calls for an end to the intelligence agencies.|
|Document:Democratic State v Deep State||essay||1 January 2008||Ola Tunander||An excellent introduction to deep politics. By clarifying the real role of the Secret Intelligence Services and the policy agenda they under firm control in most Western 'Democracies' (especially the UKUSA nations), it demonstrates the irrelevance of the party-political masquerade.|
|Document:Invasions of the Mind Snatchers||article||19 February 2014||Nebojsa Malic||A good introduction to the current template and modus-operandi of US/NATO-sponsored "Regime-change" operations which began with the destruction of Yugoslavia and have been repeated in at least a dozen countries in so-called "colour revolutions" and the "Arab Spring" in the decade or so since|
|Document:The 20-year war on Afghanistan was a mistake||Speech||18 August 2021||Zarah Sultana||Speaking outside Parliament on 18 August 2021, prior to the Afghanistan emergency debate, Zarah Sultana joined colleagues including Jeremy Corbyn to say: "The war on Afghanistan shows – once and for all – that the West cannot deliver liberal democracy at the barrel of a gun. This war – the first 'War on Terror' – must be Britain's last war of aggression."|
|Document:The Harrogate Agenda||manifesto||10 September 2013||Peter North||The basic rationale and six demands of 'The Harrogate Agenda'|
|Document:We the People…||appeal||27 January 2014||David Malone||It is time for the dusty antique concept of 'WE THE PEOPLE' to be revived and given determined mass support|
- Document:The Political Dominance of The Cabal
- Human Rights Watch, World Report 1999