Defending Democrigarchy and the Great American Divide
If you watched President Biden’s recent speech outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia you will have far fewer brain cells but you will be better equipped for this article.
At face value the purpose of Biden’s speech was about protecting American democracy:
“These two ideas, equality and democracy, are the rock on which this nation is built…. But as I stand here tonight equality and democracy are under assault…”
The speech is filled with platitudes about democracy and liberty and the threats to it. “We the people….”, says Biden. Naturally one might be inclined to think that protecting democracy is at the heart of what the speech is about.
But in actual fact, it is not. Not at all!
The word “democracy” comes from the Greek word “demos” meaning people, and “kratos” meaning rule. It is the idea that the power to rule lies with the people.
Let me skip over the details of democratic governance and spare you from the idealistic notion that democracy actually exists. It doesn’t.
Contrary to the rhetoric America is not some “extraordinary experiment of self governance.” So you cannot protect what isn’t there. But you can protect what is!
I call it the Democrigarchy. And protecting the Democrigarchy and the Great American Divide is what Biden’s speech is really all about.
Democrigarchy is oligarchical rule with an illusory face of democracy. As Mary Poppins would say democracy is the spoon full of sugar that makes the medicine go down. And the medicine is oligarchical rule. You accept rule by the few because you are told you are ruled by the many of which you believe you are one.
Think again. Go listen to Biden again if you have the stomach. Count how many times he uses the word “democracy” and any associated phrases like “equality” or “liberty”. You will easily lose count. It is simple brainwashing through repetition. Hear something enough and you will believe it. And Americans have been taught it every day since birth precisely because democracy itself is a narrative of control.
Protecting the Democrigarchy means maintaining the illusion of democracy masking the oligarchy. Without the sugar the medicine tastes bitter and you would spew it out like a naughty child.
And what better way to have you investing in the illusion than to make you believe you need to fight tooth and nail to defend it. That is why they protect the Great American Divide! The powers that be want division and they are stoking it.
You may have noticed the ridiculous backdrop to Biden’s speech. An ominous red glow. Either Biden is trialing Satan as his new public relations manager or the public relations team know exactly what they were doing.
Biden is the evil guy now and needs to appear that way to the vast majority of Trump supporters trying to “save America”. Elections are coming. Defend the Democrigarchy at all cost Republicans!
You think it was by chance Donald Trump pointed out the ominous red background in his Pennsylvania speech a few days later? “Our country is going to hell…”, he says.
Now Trump is a yammering buffoon. His long winded speech was a litany of American woes laid at the feet of an evil Biden and the Democrats who are the true “enemies of the state”:
“Republicans and the MAGA movement are not the ones trying to undermine our democracy. We are the ones trying to save our democracy… the danger to democracy comes from the radical left not from the right.”
So you might think Trump is about protecting democracy and freedom from another angle. But he isn’t. He too serves the Democrigarchy by preserving the Great American Divide. Left vs Right. Stoking the fake democratic war with MAGA rhetoric so Americans keep chasing the ever illusive democratic carrot by fighting one another.
Sadly we are no different here in Australia.
Many Aussies anticipated the government would relax all the COVID restrictions leading into the 2022 federal election. Indeed they were right and why was it so? I hear you saying, “It is because the politicians want our votes and need them to stay in power.” Oh stop it you blind and pathetic believer in democracy!
Like all oligarchies, democrigarchies don’t need votes to maintain power. You think the people you vote for have any practical power? Albo, Biden, Trump, are professionally groomed sock puppets. They just come in different colours so you don’t get bored.
Your vote keeps nobody in power. But your faith and allegiance to the illusion of democracy keeps oligarchical rule a practical reality. And the illusion of democracy is threatened by a boot on your face at election time.
Masks, mandates and curfews don’t exactly cry “democracy”, so the bitter reality of oligarchical rule is always relaxed at election time. A spoon full of sugar to last you another 4 years! The democratic farce is the oil that makes oligarchical rule run more smoothly - for them, not you.
Recently there was a well-meaning political movement called “Reignite Democracy Australia”. But one has to chuckle because there is nothing to reignite. In all our life times there has only ever been the Democrigarchy and any benefits and privileges we experienced were metered out at its discretion.
Dave Cullen1 pointed this out recently in an excellent video entitled The End of Plenty in which he likened our transition from the present system of consumerism with its abundance to a technocratic dystopian energy restricted society as being like a farmer culling a percentage of his herd and reorganising the use of his farmland. We are being managed like cattle in a system we don’t control because we don’t own the farm. For awhile we were fed on abundant grass because it served the Democrigarchy to fatten us for the slaughter. Slaughter time is here.
As Dave suggests, the way out is a new system. This means dispensing with the charade of Democrigarchy. Stop attending Trump rallys. Adopt a new faith system.
Let me suggest the main alternative to start with. It is an ideological one.
In its earliest centuries Christianity was a dangerous religion. It wasn’t dangerous because it offered any violent threat to the political establishment. Christians were respectful of ruling powers.
But the Christian message concerned authorities because it contains a new vision for human rule. One that would slowly usurp and replace the power of worldly authority. Not via force, not through a new political saviour, but through the humble Jesus. Though he is God, he proved himself to be the truely benevolent king by dying on a cross for sinners.
Jesus was then raised by God to institute a new kind of kingdom whose subjects were truly brothers of the King and the benefits of his reign would apply equally to all. Death itself is vanquished for its citizenry. His reign is true liberty:
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.
- 1 Corinthians 15:24-27
This was a dangerous faith to adopt in an era of statism where trust in a “divine” Roman emperor was demanded for stability to the empire of which metered out exclusive rights and privileges to its loyal citizens.
But in Jesus Christ truly lasting benefits ultimately come from heaven above and not from the state.
Are you sick of Democrigarchy? Looking for something better? Then it isn’t ultimately found in restoring the façade of democracy.
If you want a better society, start by building it upon new faith. Usurp the powers that be. Enter God’s kingdom by believing in Jesus the King. Unlike Democrigarchy, Jesus is upfront and honest about being the true and ultimate oligarch. That way you can stop pretending the power resides with you!
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