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Thinking about Democracy

A noble sentiment that has failed

Most of us were taught in school that democracy was a Greek idea adopted by the civilised world but is this really true? To understand the principle of democracy we need to step back to the first hunter gatherer humanoids to walk the planet, but it’s helpful to begin looking at animal groups.

Within the species that hunt and feed off other animals, they tend to be more solitary although they do congregate more closely when food is abundant. In the instance of lions, their society is matriarchal although while they are ruled over by a male, is typically the oldest female that makes the most important decisions and the rest of the pride

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History and Collapse of the Roman Empire

Empires are unsustainable

It was only a short time ago in evolutionary terms that Rome was simply a small city-state with no more significance than any other state in the region. Perhaps it happened that traders from India, Persia, Greece and North Africa passed through Rome seeded new ideas that some early Romans turned their minds to trade, usery and the accumulation of power? But its is clear they borrowed heavily from the Greeks in developing a hierarchical social structure, military techniques, arts and culture.

As Rome’s power grew, it absorbed neighbouring states until it controlled the entire Mediterranean region making it as most history books tell us was the world’s greatest empire.

This is not exactly true, long

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The Challenge of Governanace

And the need for a new paradigm

We have all been born into a social and economic system that has been steadily becoming more corrupt, unjust and entrenched over the generations. Over the past 600 years or so Europeans have exploited the world by taking resources and dispossessing populations of their natural heritage. This form of profiting by theft, and the rules governing money have allowed the concentration of wealth in the hands of the less than 1%.

Today our world is ruled by capitalism and supposedly free markets, but these markets are not exactly free, they are tightly controlled as is our system of governance. We believe that we are living in a democracy, but like the Greeks

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Neo-Liberal Fascism

The destroyers of the world

It’s a popular opinion that we live in free and fair democratic societies where human rights apply, and that every individual has rights and freedoms according to their class. All those rights and freedoms are decided by the individual, and providing they don’t cause harm to anyone that matters, almost anything is permissible.

At an individual level, rights and freedoms are limited by laws and social conventions, but at a governmental or corporate level, things are very different. As a society we have fair degree of tolerance towards small-time bludgers and scam artists who if they are caught may suffer a loss of assets and sometimes prison time.

At a governmental and corporate level,

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