lundi 19 mars 2012

On a ga-gné! On a ga-gné!


« Democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time ». 65 ans que Winston Churchill a prononcé cette phrase devenue la référence définitive qui valide le système parlementaire élu au suffrage universel. Anyway, the same man also said: « The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter ».

Churchill aimait faire des bons mots et c'en est un mais c'est tout de même un peu court du point de vue philosophie politique. En outre, quelle que soit la citation retenue, le point de vue n'exprime pas une opinion particulièrement positive de ce qu'il est convenu d'appeler « démocratie ». Par ailleurs il faut tenir compte du contexte, 2 ans après la fin du nazisme et en pleine période stalinienne, la réflexion de Churchill revient à dire que la liberté est préférable à la tyrannie.

Certes, mais il est question là des droits de l'homme et non d'une quelconque forme de gouvernement.

Précisément, ce qu'on appelle  « démocratie » me paraît le système politique le plus immoral qui soit et pas seulement à l'exception de tous les autres - il n'y en a d'ailleurs pas tant que ça...

L'immoralité réside d'abord dans l'usage même d'un terme qui ne correspond en réalité nullement à ce qu'il est censé désigner. Le gouvernement du peuple, par le peuple etc. c'est bien joli mais c'est un mensonge, ça n'existe pas tout simplement parce que c'est impossible, les masses seront toujours dirigées par les élites et ça vaut mieux.

Un système politique, social, culturel, quelle qu'entreprise humaine que ce soit, qui est mensonger dans sa définition même est fondamentalement immoral.

Dans la pratique maintenant, puisque la dite démocratie consiste pour le personnel politique à se faire élire par une majorité (50 % + 1) à laquelle elle n'aura jamais de comptes à rendre, il s'agit de s'adresser aux masses par le plus petit dénominateur commun c'est-à-dire à pratiquer la démagogie la plus éhontée.

Chaque période électorale, on le constate encore de nos jours en France et aux E.U, donne l'occasion des plus misérables bassesses des uns et des autres pour attirer à soi le vote des plus bêtes, des plus incultes, des plus naïfs, en activant les réflexes de la peur, de l'égoïsme, de l'envie par la tromperie, la rouerie, la malhonnêteté intellectuelle (si l'on peut dire).

Un système politique qui s'adresse à ce qu'il y a de plus commun et de plus méprisable dans la masse des citoyens est-il moral ?

L'immoralité se situe également au niveau collectif puisque le régime parlementaire oppose deux parties du pays dont l'une pourra s'enivrer de « on a gagné, on a gagné » face à l'autre moitié qui a « perdu ». Ça c'est pour la fraternité et la cohésion nationale... Est-ce moral?

Un système qui met face à face les deux moitié d'une nation et qui permet in fine au gagnant de proclamer « Les Français m'ont élu » alors que seule la moitié plus un petit quelque chose l'a fait est-il moral quand la « minorité » se voit imposer sans recours possible une politique qu'elle a refusée?

La phrase de Churchill a rendu presque impossible de dissocier le régime parlementaire d'avec la liberté et les droits de l'homme alors que c'est loin d'être le cas; autre mensonge quand on songe à Guantanamo ou à la France qui s'est déjà vue condamnée deux fois par la Cour Européenne de Justice pour violation des droit de l'homme...

S'il existait un système politique idéal il serait en place depuis longtemps partout dans le monde. La démocratie parlementaire est un mensonge permanent et un constant déni de « gouvernement du peuple par le peuple pour le peuple », ce que n'est pas le système chinois où les citoyens par exemple ne sont pas montés les uns contre les autres (Divide et impera).

La monarchie éclairée (Maroc peut-être) n'est peut-être pas sans mérites de son côté. Les Marocains sont-ils montés à cran les uns contre les autres, comme le sont les Français pro et contre Sarko ou les Américains pro et contre Obama ou Bush en son temps ?

La phrase de Churchill est un bon mot mais elle participe de la tromperie dont se servent les élites pour faire se tenir tranquille le peuple entre deux élections puisqu'on l'a persuadé que c'est lui qui était l'ultime décideur et souverain.

Et pour parfaire le verrouillage, il en est même qui réclament que le vote soit obligatoire! Les esclaves qui demandent que soit encore plus serrée la chaîne qui les entrave.

21 commentaires:

Anijo a dit…

Ha! I guess it usually ends up being a matter of voting for the one who is the least smelly.

Of course, as usual, you exaggerate, with your tongue firmly implanted in your cheek.

Flocon a dit…

Comme le billet affirmera la profonde immoralité de la prétendue « démocratie », ton commentaire is spot on puisque tu résumes bien ce à quoi it all boils down.

Which also means that if you accept the rules of the game, that is voting, "democracy" makes you an accomplice of something which is basically immoral therefore activates the immoral part of your person.

The "you" part being a collective one, it also works for me of course. Until I decide to no longer vote which is the choice I've made regarding the E.U parliamentary election farce some 12? or 18 years ago, can't remember. But I no longer participate to that mascarade.

Ned Ludd a dit…

Here is an elegy to the value of reading real books. Dare I say a "fellow luddite"(?) like me will find it informative?

Your Brain on Fiction

Flocon a dit…

From the article you link to:

"Words like “lavender,” “cinnamon” and “soap,” for example, elicit a response not only from the language-processing areas of our brains, but also those devoted to dealing with smells."

Basically, it refers to sysnestesia, an experience Rimbaud made "popular" with his voyelles.

You may remember this post last August which adressed the issue.

Oh happy days...

Anonyme a dit…

>>a "fellow luddite"(?) like me

Real telephone call c. 2009:

VT: [Half asleep] H...h...hello?

IC: Vacuum Tube, you've got to help me!

VT: [Waking up] It's...3AM...IC.

IC: My power and telephone are out! I'm at a payphone, and need you to tell me the numbers for the electric and telephone companies!

VT: Remember when you called me "an obsolete, old, inefficient dinosaur" in front of those two good-looking Capacitors for still owning a corded land-line telephone, receiving my utility bills in the mail, and using a telephone book instead of an internet site?

IC: ...Yeah. But what's that got to do with telling me the two phone numbers I need?

VT: Well...IC, you're about to learn what hubris is. [Hangs up]

-Jan (aka VT)
CDN

JAN Vacuum Tubes:
http://tinyurl.com/7wd4arl

Flocon a dit…

Hello Jan,

So far the longest comment you ever posted on Shall We Talk? ;-)

Flocon a dit…

Anijo,

"I guess it usually ends up being a matter of voting for the one who is the least smelly."

Yes, how moral is it when the voter has no other choice but to chose the least smelly who anyway will always remain unaccountable for his acts? Even Tricky Dicky was pardonned. How moral is that?

Sarko... oh forget about Sarko...

Anonyme a dit…

>>longest comment you ever posted
http://tinyurl.com/74dvpec

-Jan
CDN

Anonyme a dit…

After all these years of thinking that Realpolitik was the only excuse for US support for coups overthrowing the democratically elected governments of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and Salvadore Allende in Chile, I learn that the CIA was striking blows against immorality.

SemperFidelis

Flocon a dit…

The reason why your paradox seems attractive is because you put on the same level entities which belong to different realms of the tought.

"Democracy" is a word that refers to a concept which has no substance in reality and yet is presented in reality as the ultimate achievement of the good and moral governance of men.

This is a lie, therefore it is immoral. But we're still in the domain of ideas and concepts.

"Democracy" as it is spoken of and in the name of which States and nations are ruled, though immoral to a certain extent, isn't the embodiment of immorality and something that must be eradicated at all cost from the surface of the earth since it is only a concept and not a practice.

Physical violence (overthrowing gvts for example) is utterly antithetical with concepts since we're no longer commenting ideas in our brains but crushing said brains.

Besides, when the CIA gave a hand in Chile or Iran, its goal was probably not to strike blows to immorality anyway...

Or maybe the CIA is fair and balanced since it also lent a hand in Greece (the colonels), Spain (Franco), Portugal (Salazar) and so many other undemocratically run governements in the world.

At the end of the day, the CIA has a morality of its own as it makes no difference between "democracies and dictatorships

Anonyme a dit…

//"Democracy" as it is spoken of and in the name of which States and nations are ruled, though immoral to a certain extent, isn't the embodiment of immorality and something that must be eradicated at all cost from the surface of the earth since it is only a concept and not a practice.//

The government of Iraq is becoming more and more undemocratic without any help from the CIA. Since, conceptually speaking, the Iraqi government is becoming less immoral, I can be pleased at their progress. The more authoritarian they become, the more pleased I can be.

SemperFidelis

Flocon a dit…

I can only note the high quality of the USMC's training program for officers, particularly in the field of creating and disseminating logical fallacies (that being said in an entirely friendly manner of course).

The previous one, I confess, was rather elaborated but this later is slightly less so...

" The government of Iraq is becoming more and more undemocratic ".

Problem is that there is some sort of vaccum in your premise. What is the meaning of this word ''democracy'' you keep on using?

This is what is called a missing premise (premises are sometimes left unstated in which case they are called missing premises).

In case the premise is wrong or devoid of sense, any conclusion of course is bound to be wrong or senseless.

In our case, the Iraki gvt has never been "democratic", therefore it cannot become less immoral since it never was in the first place from this point of view. (When has the Iraki governement ever been run par the Iraki people?)

You pose that there exists a dynamic leading from good ("democracy", not very good probably but positiv anyway) to bad (authoritarian and undemocratic (still not knowing what the word refers to in reality).

There may be indeed a dynamic such as the one you posit as a fact, I don't contest this point, but it has all to do with "rights of man" and next to nothing with "democracy" which isn't necessarily linked to said rights of man.

A wise man wrote some months ago "To be fair, ordered liberty does not necessarily require democracy".

You feign to ignore my argument - and here I observe the effect of the excellent training you have been benefiting as an officer - and I must admit I feel a certain pride that I have (so to say) to answer some form of paradoxes and logical fallacies instead of cogent arguments which would make my little reasonning collapse.

PS: And please, tell the CIA not to overthrow my little blog, I'll be grateful...

Ned Ludd a dit…

Sarko a eu une bonne idéé(une fois n'est pas coutume) et une mauvaise idée(That's more like it).

Pour la mauvaise, il veut restreindre l'immigration à 20.000 par an. Malheureusement pour lui, il y a plus que 50.000 demand d'asile politique.

La bonne est qu'il veut interdire et penaliser des voyages "d'embrigadement" à l'étranger pour la prevention d'un eventuel indoctrination.

Donc plus des voyages au Vatican, Italie, Espagne vers les institutions qui veulent faire le lavage de cerveau avec le catholocisme primaire.

Flocon a dit…

Question lavage de cerveau il n'y a pas que le catholicisme primaire...

Alain Juppé, repris de justice, ministre des affaires étrangères, doing his part pour la Réublique laïque.

Les Cathos are mere amateurs when compared to the Jews.

Anijo a dit…

Since, conceptually speaking, the Iraqi government is becoming less immoral, I can be pleased at their progress. The more authoritarian they become, the more pleased I can be.


Ah Flocon, this is Semperfi's way of distilling your philosophy in an acerbic ironic manner.

Anonyme a dit…

//The bourgeois is tolerant... His love for people as they are stems from his hatred of what they might be.//


The Marxist is intolerant...His hatred of people as they are stems from his fury at their refusal to be as he wants them to be.

SemperFidelis

Flocon a dit…

Anijo,

Yes, eventually, I've understood SemperFidelis's personal use of rhetoric... ;-)

Flocon a dit…

Semper,

That one deserves to be included in an anthology of great quotes by great political scientists...

Anyway, Aniji has already (xwxaxrxmxexdx) err... warned me.

Anonyme a dit…

Hi Anijo: I can't remember whether I told you that I have retired from active duty in the Marine Corps.

It is a young man's (or woman's) game. It was time for me to go.

I was watching the calendar and planning and training for weeks on end just to get a respectable score on the routine physical fitness tests. Time to move on and make way for more able people.


Since the Corps always throws a lifeline to the retiring Marine, I got a civilian position doing roughly the same thing I was doing for the last years of my active service.

But now I don't have to run ten miles with the Iron Majors. Well, I still run but I don't have to keep up.

Sadly, I don't have any more time or talent for philosophy than I had before.

SemperFidelis

Anijo a dit…

In the end, I enjoy the comments from both you Flocon, and SemperFi. You both have better debating and philosophical skills than most people. Flocon is the strongest debater of things philosophical, though, no doubt about that. He puts a lot of careful effort into his responses, and he often does this in English to boot. SemperFi is brave to express himself in an environment of a bunch of lefties. His comments are often ironic and acerbic, always humorous, and he's unfailingly polite. In the end, I thoroughly enjoy the exchanges.

Semperfi,
Alas, none of here on this blog are exactly young spring chickens. ☺

Flocon a dit…

Thanks for your kind words Anijo, I'm glad you enjoy the party...

I'm having some days off untill next week probably...