I always believed that democracy is the right political system for culturally advanced societies. That countries under democracy may not deserve it hence not apply it as it was originally intended. The abuse became a right and the rudeness and lack of self-respect became a privilege.We don’t seem to appreciate and honour the legacy that was passed to us.We believe that democracy equals freedom without limits while democracy’s limit is where the freedom of others begin. Respect for others and realisation of our position and responsibilities seems to go amiss. Oligarchic systems could be ideal for those who lost their way to true democracy. However, there is always a risk presenting itself when power, once again, is abused. This can take its toll on the wider public and its freedom. Those who lack manners, unfortunately, are seen as rebellious “idols” making their way to the top faster than ever before.  Those who speak faster than their head can think are admired. Constructive thinking and words of reason are rare. True debate with open mind without insulting your counterpart does not exist.

Have we ever thought what do we really contribute to our society? What do we have to offer? Do we really have anything to offer apart from a list of newly coined words? Have we ever considered that our modest personal knowledge could be greater if it was ever shared with the world? Knowledge of better value for the next generations that could be enhanced and grow. Self-destruction reigns where individual thought and self reasoning is non-existent. Corruption takes a few individuals to happen, growth needs many.

 I was sent this wonderful mail and I was reminded that people can only be as great as their words.  

“Η Δημοκρατία μας αυτοκαταστρέφεται διότι κατεχράσθη το δικαίωμα της ελευθερίας και της ισότητας, διότι έμαθε τους πολίτες να θεωρούν την αυθάδεια ως δικαίωμα, την παρανομία ως ελευθερία, την αναίδεια του λόγου ως ισότητα και την αναρχία ως ευδαιμονία.”  Ισοκράτης (436 π.Χ-338 π.Χ.)

 

This friday Angel and I were both in London at the same time of the evening and I suggested we went for dinner. As I was in Docklands I suggested Canary Wharf as the ideal location to meet and eat. Interestingly when we arrived there was a small anti-capitalism protest in progress, nothing spectacular but a couple of hundred people.

We did a little capitalist shopping and sat down at a capitalist chain restaurant to watch the anti-capitalists at work. They made interesting charges at a line of police taunting them and it was rather childish really.

What really caught my attention was a sign “Capitalism isn’t working!” being heald up by people I think assocated with a group of socialists present. We both thought it was interesting because when did pure socialism work? Well the only examples I can see of socialism are communist and quasi-communist countries such as Russia, Albania, China, Cuba, the list goes on but it lists as a litany of countries which have either complete social unrest, a great deal of poverty or suppression of human rights. Some might argue China is very successful as a socialist state but when you consider it’s reforms involve greater financial liberty tending toward capitalism and it still has a terrible human rights record, I think there isn’t much of an arguement for the alternative to Capitalism.

Personally I think that both systems are flawed, capitalism assumes unconstrained and continued growth when in fact resources are finite and growth cannot be infinate. However socialism does not permit personal growth and requires great self sacrifice, which while noble on paper is actually unworkable. Having read the combined works of Plato I have come to his realisation that no political system is ideal, however you just have to make the best you can of a libertarian state.

Maybe “Capitalism isn’t working” is correct, but “Socialism never worked” is also true.