In Support of Anarchy

I was talking with an elderly lady recently and I said “I think there should be more anarchy in this country”.

She replied “That’s a bad thing isn’t it?”

“What do you think it is?” I asked.

“I don’t know, but it’s bad, isn’t it bad?”

So here, for the old lady and uninitiated, is the definition of anarchy with which I am working:

A theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unneccessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary co-operation and free association of individuals and groups.” There, not so bad after all.

When you look at the government we have today do you really feel represented by these people? The whole system of a ‘representative democracy’ has become a joke. It is a system of representation made for a slave mentality, for people who wish to be governed. Far better for people interested in a balanced life of ‘freedom and responsibility’ is the idea of a participatory democracy in which the people can govern themselves.

‘How would that work Simon?’ I hear you say. The referendum is itself an example – 72% of us voted directly on an issue. The outcome proved that the parliamentary system of representation is not working – it is not even remotely in touch with the people.

If you look at online lobbying bodies such as 38degrees.org.uk, causes.com, change.org, or ipetitions.com you can see another system by which people can express their choices to parliament. At present if a petition gets 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in parliament. It doesn’t take a genius to connect ‘referendums and online petitions’ to create a system by which people can govern themselves by direct voting. In fact an interface for this already exists at www.gov.uk . You can be sure that more people will turn up to vote than at the House of Commons.

house of commons turnout

According to the ‘black and white’ brexit referendum result that has shocked the country we are either ‘in or out’ of the European Union. The reality though will be years of negotiation that defines our relationship, clearly not black or white but many shades of grey. Similarly our government is presented as either left or right – we are seriously limiting our options as to what is possible by voting for a government who can only see in black and white.

In an Age of Communication we no longer need to be governed. The voting system and the whole idea of a representative democracy is an anachronism. We no longer need an archaic system by which people tell us what we want to hear, in order to become our chosen representatives, to pursue their own agendas in an inept government system.

Successive governments whether of the left or of the right have already sold our sovereignty to the highest bidder, big business. They are supported in this by the mega-corporation owned media, education systems and other industry biased services. They exist to serve an ‘economy’ that serves to destroy the optimum conditios for life on earth. Our economy is at the cost of our ecology.

The ‘business interest’ domination of our lives is enforced by the police, and increasingly hired security thugs, who are technically here to serve us, the people. Government acts in the interest of big business and the economy, which has become entirely contrary to the interests of sustainable and healthy life on this planet.

The Brexit vote that surprised everybody is little more than a plea to end the interminable intervention of intrusive government in every aspect of our lives, telling us what we can and can’t do, can and can’t eat, where we can and can’t go, what we should and shouldn’t think. It is a call for the end of being ineptly governed.

This ‘United’ Kingdom has long ceased to be united or even a democracy. One definition of democracy is: ‘a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation’. The supreme power in the representative system we have is invested in just two-thirds of the population because one-third – for whatever reasons is entirely disenfranchised and does not vote.

the power of opting outAnd what, when the government itself is the problem? It is so self-referencial that even the intelligent option of ‘proportional representation’ fails to be adopted. What of more radical options like a directly participatory democratic system as described above? Such things will never even be heard of from within a system that seeks to ban anything radical, promoting such ideas as a form of terrorism.

The system we have is more like an oligarchy – ‘a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.’ Our elected representatives are in fact, acting in the interests of money and big-business, not of us – the people who put them there. Whoever you vote for – the government gets in and they work to support ‘economy’ which is contrary to the interests of life itself.

Some people believe the system to be more like a plutocracy – ‘a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth’, in which anyone else is a slave serving their interests, otherwise facing arrest or punitive action for non-compliance. Anyone involved in the peaceful protests about fracking will have seen or experienced this for themselves.

I have even heard the system we have defined as a kleptocracy – ‘a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal from us to increase their own wealth; rule by thieves.’

I have seen events in which all of the above are true.

There are better options than the chaos in parliament we presently have, but it is the system of government itself that is preventing them from even seeing the light of day. In this age of communication a representative democracy is no longer neccessary.

Its time to get rid of the lot of them.

simonthescribe writes and publishes articles, books and websites themed around living a sustainable life in tune with nature.