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If people no longer expect objectivity from their political and legal systems, then all justice will be reduced to a power struggle between conflicting and irreconcilable perspectives, a struggle in which the most dominant and pervasive bias will replace fair and impartial process as the character of justice. But if objectivity in law and politics is everywhere supplanted by conflict between subjective interests, then the side of economic privilege and established authority will always retain dominance. A society in which people no longer expect representatives of its major institutions even to attempt to render objectivity in their professional demeanours is a society whose major institutions are in a crisis of ethical legitimacy. In such a society, there is wide spread cynicism regarding the possibility of fair political process because it seems impossible that impartial, unbiased dispositions could exist to enact such processes.

Robert Nicholls

Language and Logic

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Why the West is in Decline

Ruins of Detroit. Once the engine of middle class prosperity
Why the West is in Decline.


1. The failure of civilizations is a failure of leadership.

2. Our civilization has failed as evidenced by its wealth being used to build up rivals. Rivals buy control of what used to belong to us with wealth we outsourced to them.

3. Therefore, our selection process does not produce capable leaders.


1. Economic power currently buys political power.

2. Economic power does not = leadership skill.

3. Economic power does not = representation of the national interest.

4. Economic power does not care about national security or sovereignty.


1. Just as there was a separation of Church and State, there now must be a separation of Economic power from Political power.

2. Economic Inequality is much less corrosive to society than Political Inequality.

3. We are facing a crisis that requires the power of the national mind to be harnessed in order to generate as many solutions as possible.

4. Currently, only economic power is allowed representation in politics, to the exclusion of the people. This monopoly on power must be broken.

5. Therefore, money must be removed from politics. Electoral systems must be reformed to regulate the influence of established political parties and eliminate the infrastructure of their campaign war machines. Voting systems should be amended to offer the people real opportunity to participate. Elections should be about ideas, not money.

6. Political parties are a great threat to national security; they put their own interest above that of the nation. We must always be on guard against the political-industrial complex; the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

The decline of the West is systemic. It is not in any one failed policy or leader but a result of an evolved form of organization that has led to a state of constant failure and an inability to adapt to a changing external environment.

If you are living in the West chances are you live under the control of two or more dominant political parties. The existence of more than one party provides you with some protection from human rights abuse because if one party goes to far in its abuse of the people the other party will win the next election. While better than living under one party control, this is still not an ideal system and is not what true democracy looks like.

Political parties are machines that run on money whose objective is to win elections. Messages are tightly controlled, photo-ops carefully choreographed, talking points annoyingly repeated. Entire staffs are hired to develop marketing plans designed to strategize what segments of the market are to be targeted at what time and with what message. The entire political process has become dehumanized. Politics has become big business most likely due to the fact that the cogs who currently occupy the machine share the same trained incapacities of a modern business “education”.

Brand names win elections not ideas. In these modern times no one wins after an election has been held. No one but the powerful interests behind the major political parties and the well-paid shills who occupy the seats once designated for representatives of the people.

Is it any wonder why no one shows up to vote, why no one gets involved? Many know full well how the system works and what reasonable person would want to commit their life to towing the party line. It takes a certain breed of arrogance and incompetence to suckle at the public trough as a career backbencher. It takes another breed of psychopathy to steal from the public as an unelected senator.

They have made the cynical calculation that the people don’t care. That the majority have fallen for the cult of the self and worship materialism, the god of distraction. You must prove them wrong. The public interest will only ever be defended by the public. Therefore, any political system that hopes to serve the public interest must not exclude the great majority of its citizens from participation in the political process.

Political equality is the great equalizer. If we could enact reforms that would break the monopoly of power held by the established parties, then each locality would be free to elect local representatives based on the ideas of the individual candidates. Those representatives would not be constrained by the dictates of the parties. They would be free to actually represent their constituents.

The campaign would not be fought by wealthy organizations in 30-second substance-less ads on national television; it would be fought in the webpages of official party policy documents and in local debates and local speeches among local citizens. The campaign would not be a battle for control of territory but a conversation among neighbors who are concerned about the issues facing them.

The objective would not be party victory; it would be national victory.

The objective would not be party victory; it would be national victory.

The problem we face in modern democracy is a lack of choice. We have major parties that operate within the rigid framework of the modern political-industrial complex. This constrains our decision making process and limits our potential policy options.

Not every citizen has access to a national campaign organization and a state of the art voter database. Does the existence of those privileges justify the monopoly on power enjoyed by those who poses them?

This state of affairs is bringing about our long-term national suicide.

All because those with privilege put the preservation of privilege above the preservation of the nation. This is the definition of globalism; loyalty to wealth, status, and private business venture over loyalty to the continued existence of your sovereign nation. This is the neo-liberal ideology of the global aristocracy.

We are living in a New World Order where national boarders are being replaced with class boarders. One world where the worst aspects of communism and capitalism have combined to create a hybrid monster system of global scope.

If your nation is to survive and not be absorbed into this global feudalism you need to separate economic power from political power. 

-No political advertising permitted, all debate takes place in local forums, local candidates, stick to the issues and no corporate control/sponsorship of the forums

-No campaign staff permitted, no “strategic outreach” teams/ marketing contractors, candidates should be able to stand on their own two feet and speak their truth, candidates should stand amongst each other with political equality, this way the established powers with big campaigns would not monopolize the process, this way decisions would be made based more on policy and less on the ability to get the message out through a national organization, no public relations/ spin doctors 

-No government money used to advertise policies of parties currently in power  

- Limit campaign donations to $20 per citizen per year with no tax deduction given

-No corporate donations, no lobbying, no special access to public officials

-No party control over how representatives choose to vote, all votes = free votes

-Enact a single transferable ballot proportional representation system, whereby parties who only get a minority of the votes do not get 100% power and voters can vote freely based on conscience without being forced into strategic voting

-Bring democracy to the senate, or any other legislative body filled with appointed “representatives”

-Ensure that watchdog organizations are not appointed/ controlled by the people they are supposed to be watching

-Ensure the speaker of the house is non-partisan, is selected either through promotion from within the civil service or elected as an independent

-Increase oversight of the financial affairs of representatives to prevent corruption

-Index the pay and benefits of representatives to the average pay and benefits of the people, give them an incentive to improve things for the country not just the 1%

-Authorize the security services to keep a close eye on representatives to prevent foreign interference in our political affairs

The idea is that if the monopoly on power held by the major parties were broken we would have a much better chance at reversing the decline. As things stand the major parties endorse outsourcing while much of the public does not. There is a fairly commonly held view that we outsourced our economy to China, and if the public were ever allowed a chance to bring the jobs home they would take it.

Take for example the last American election. Both candidates had to say that they were against outsourcing and they would re-negotiate trade agreements as they always say but never do. Americans knew nothing would change but they only had two parties to vote for and both have allowed American industrial capacity to be outsourced over the past 30 years. America did not have a real choice.

Break the old party monopolies, divorce money from power, and we have a chance.