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Fucking Democracy

You know what’s fucked? Democracy. Completely fucked. Democracy really is the worst form of government.

Well, apart from all the others…

Because you, yes you, have an opinion on something. And Democracy allows you to express it. You might advocate a sustainable green economy like me, you might be a monarchist, an anarcho-communist, a conservative. You might even think ACT care. But you think.

But do you put that thinking into practice? Most people don’t seriously consider views that fall outside their own limited perspective. Everyone pays lip-service to equality, and standing in others’ shoes, but at the end of the day the sad fact is most don’t seem to practise it, or protect it. And it’s that kind of selfish, ignorant non-thinking that breeds extremists, whether they’re religious, political, financial, or completely illogical. It’s very hard for us to shrug off what we ‘know’, what we’re brought up with, what we think is the worldview. But we need to!

If we didn’t fight for change, where would the world be now? Humanity has come forward by seeing what doesn’t work, and improving it. We seem to think, as a world, that we’ve done it. That this world is a finished product, that we’ve become something better than our predecessors, achieved the end goal. Or at least, we indicate that from our lack of political involvement. Most people don’t seem to give a shit, so long as they don’t get taxed more.

But the world is not a finished product. Though from our perspective some views might seem crazy, unprofitable, or the products of pricks, that’s not how history works. Martin Luther King, Jr., the head of the American Civil Rights movement—the man who had “a dream”—was a prat. Recently released tapes of JFK’s widow, recorded shortly after his 1963 assassination, reveal that King was an adulterous boor, drunk and laughing at the President’s funeral. But does that diminish his dream? No. It diminishes the man. His legend, and what it inspired, is more important than one person, and we should remember that. Just because the politicians are fucked up, corrupt, or complete pricks doesn’t mean they’re not worth voting for. It’s their views, and how they correlate with improving the world, that matter. Not what pay-per-view channels they watch.

Politicians are human too, and humans are fucked up. Vote for the politicians with a worldview that’s not fucked, if they have the integrity to see it through. Vote for the politicians, and parties, that you think are steering the ship in the right direction—not the politicians you think would be fun to have a drink with. Voting for a smile is ignorant, if the man smiling is an assassin.

There are a number of politicians who can steer correctly, and who you can chat with. Politicians who will take your opinions into account. Politicians who remember their job is to represent you, not their own goals. To represent all New Zealanders. Gareth Hughes comes to mind as a strong politician, a combination of values and integrity that puts the welfare of New Zealanders first. And he’s fun to have a drink with.

Politics isn’t boring. Politics runs through every seam of your life, whether you want it to or not. You may not agree with the government we have, but that is the best reason to be a part of it. Because you are not alone. Because your vote counts. We all think the system is fucked, to varying degrees, for diverse and contrary reasons, but we all have an opinion. “All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.” Don’t assume your opinion is the strongest. Think on it. Fairly consider others. Then act with wisdom.

So fuck the system. Fuck it long, fuck it good, and fuck it hard. But fuck it for the right reasons—fuck it because you think, because you consider, because you care. It’ll be a lot more enjoyable that way.

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  1. Welcome says:

    This atrcile went ahead and made my day.

  2. Anders says:

    Fantastically written article and unexpectedly enlightening. I shall print it out and re-read it to absorb myself in your psyche. Thanks !

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