When a country’s Constitution and laws are not equally applied to all citizens in a democracy, whether direct, representative, or parliamentary, then it’s no longer a democracy. It’s a betrayal of trust. For, once the laws are unevenly applied the result is a slow, gasping, twisting demise and transformation towards an authoritarian form of rule. Government then truly becomes the problem. Justice is a mirage.
When laws are unequally applied skepticism grows. Adversaries of democracy are numerous among the the far-right. Actions are taken before the ink has dried. Vanity, deployment of fear and spreading of propaganda are precursors of upheaval. Exemption of people based on positions of power are visible reminders of an insecure democracy and judicial stance. Dark money, lies, deception, disruption, disinformation and ultimately treason and terrorism are utilized to achieve the goal of total control. A form of enslavement to an authoritarian’s leadership is viewed as a form of freedom.
In the slow process of a modern coup d’état the mere singular act of voting without fear of retribution requires integrity and courage.
Money doesn’t purchase total escape from a coup d’état and the downstream consequences. Only a geographical relocation allows a change in address and a distancing from the coup. To emigrate doesn’t solve your country’s issues though it may solve yours, at least temporarily.
Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and John Adams had conversations over the end of democracy and in France, during the revolution, the question of what occurs afterwards was on the mind of French philosophers. For others, what might follow took second place to what was desired at the pragmatic present moment. Democracy’s appeal has remained steady though uncertain. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries fascism, totalitarianism, and dictatorships punctuated world events and the politics of various countries.
The possibility of greater personal wealth is out of reach for a majority of people and if they do attain some wealth one must ask, at what cost? Extreme wealth places capitalism in the category of larceny and not merely man exploiting man.
The factors of climate change, war and its multiple forms of biological, chemical and nuclear, the cost of medicine and education, a woman’s right of choice, and high technologies have led to questions about humanity, and the dehumanization of Mankind. Inflation is a tool of mega corporations of which politicians have little control except that of accepting donations for their next election.
Where do humans fit into future equations as they merge with the machine they created.