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Thursday, September 29, 2011

New York Times writer sees contempt for democracy in the growing people’s rebellions

Finally someone is noticing that people around the world are tired of the political system that promises democracy, but seems only to deliver dictatorship. And it is purely democracy or dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie.

NICHOLAS KULISH writes for The Wall Street Journal;

As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe

MADRID — Hundreds of thousands of disillusioned Indians cheer a rural activist on a hunger strike. Israel reels before the largest street demonstrations in its history. Enraged young people in Spain and Greece take over public squares across their countries…..


“Our parents are grateful because they’re voting,” said Marta Solanas, 27, referring to older Spaniards’ decades spent under the Franco dictatorship. “We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless.”

Kulish describes it as contempt for democracy but in reality it is less contempt for democracy and more a contempt for a political system in which politicians represent the interest of the corporate ruling class and ONLY the corporate ruling class, so nothing they do affects them. Their vote is useless. That is not to say they despise voting, they despise voting for corrupt politicians who do not care about them.

Again from The New York Times;

Their complaints range from corruption to lack of affordable housing and joblessness, common grievances the world over. But from South Asia to the heartland of Europe and now even to Wall Street, these protesters share something else: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over.

Here in the US we have only two parties and they are both caged in a narrow political tunnel that excludes any topic of the actual left, such as whether we need capitalism as a part of a democracy. The far right is invited to take part in the political landscape and the political middle, but the left is completely excluded and the mainstream press ignores it all together. Most don’t even cover the move to “
Occupy Wall Street
.” People from other countries are also disillusioned with a system where nothing changes no matter who gets elected. European Socialist Parties now resemble the US Democrats and even Communist Parties don’t change much when they get elected. People around the world want real change. They want an end to imperialism and a system that puts more emphasis on creating new “fake democracies” in the Middle-east and real representation at home. They want to good education, decent living conditions and are tired of politicians that only make excuses.

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