At the End of the Day

Abraham Lincoln famously said that, “You can fool all the People some of the time and some of the People all of the time, but you can’t fool all the People all the time”.
He was right, but then Abe didn’t have quantified demographics to hand in order to guide him from the path of principles and onto the road at the end of which lies undiluted power.

If you happen to be a sociopathic politician, the best way to divide up the adult population of any nation State in 2015 is by looking at the incidence in the electorate of the following:
* The retired on State pensions
* The chronically ill
* The long-term unemployed
*  Sufferers from mental illness
* Parents with disabled children
* Those with special educational needs
* The rich
* Trade Union members
* The comfortably off
* Those who don’t vote
* The politically active
* The idealistic Young
* Entrepreneurs
* Public sector workers
* Media owners
* Senior executives in large multinational companies
* Heavy viewers of braindead television

Having established these data, the next step is to commission some cross-analyses –  for example, politically active by State pensioner, those who don’t vote by who they used to vote for, media owners by readers/viewers of their titles, long term unemployed by politically active, loyal supporters of your Party by how much they could be persuaded to donate….and so forth.
At the end of this process – and it is no more than a process, requiring zero new ideas and very few principles – you the ‘professional politician’ will have a very clear idea of:
1. How many groups you can piss off without it making a jot of difference to your grasp upon power
2. Who to lick all over at every opportunity
3. The total number of politico-constitutional illiterates to whom you can sell serfdom without them noticing….or even bothering if they do
4. Which laws to pass in order to increase your support and devastate the Opposition’s
5. Those whose lives you can end prematurely, destroy and pauperise without losing a single supporter of your Party
6. Those lazy thinkers to whom you must lie credibly in order to have them remain as passive acceptors of your sick aims.

And before any reader concludes that the sole target of this analysis is the Camerlot Conservative Party, let me lay your assumptions to rest: the entire Blairite Project was based on this thinking…..as was the early 1960s revisionism of Labour’s middle class intellectual dimension….as was the materialist appeal of Macmillan in the 1950s….as is the reaction of Fat Labour to the arrival on the scene of Jeremy Corbyn today.

This is the conundrum of the 21st century: we can either ignore the electoral support numbers, aiming to produce the sort of good governance that will lead to the greatest fulfilment of the greatest number of all citizens….or we can make the cynical calculations outlined above, and choose to hold unaccountable power over those citizens.

I am not arguing here for ideology over data….that has created more than enough problems as it is across the World. Rather, I am arguing in favour of putting a reasoned yet emotionally engaging set of aims before the voters, where the truth and the greatest good are placed higher than spin and sectional interests.

7 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. Obviously the answer is to move to Electronic Voting, so that the results can be rigged without having the inconvience of an Audit Trail, so your vote will never be counted again.

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  2. Talking of sectional interests, how is it that in a so called democracy we have politicians paid for by us, to represent our interests, who form themselves into ‘interest’ groups within parliament. We currently have a ‘disability group’ that is chaired and co-chaired by able bodied members (both tory) We also have all main parties friends of israel groups who appear to hold greater sway in the decision making of all parties than their representative numbers suggest – indeed it could be suggested that there is a definitive cross party alliance that seems totally unaccountable. How is this happening and shouldn’t it be at least more transparent if not totally banned?

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  3. Perhaps there is a case to be made for compulsory voting in order for democracy to truly work. However there are drawbacks.

    .Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.
    Alan Corenk

    The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
    Art Spander

    Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
    Clement Atlee

    Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

    Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

    The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880)

    Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
    HL Mencken (1880 – 1956)

    Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.
    HL Mencken (1880 – 1956)

    In democracy it’s your vote that counts; In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
    Mogens Jallberg

    Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
    Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965), Hansard, November 11, 1947

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  4. What you can do, however, is to indoctrinate enough for just long enough to get elected ‘democratically’ and then usurp power autocratically. Hitler did that.

    You can rig the ‘democratic election system’ so that you can be elected to autocratic power by a minority. That’s what the powers that be in the UK and the USA have been doing for decades.

    You can infiltrate all the major political parties and pull their strings so that, no matter who gets elected, you are the power behind the throne. That’s what old money banking families do in the USA and the neoliberal evangelists try and do all over the world.

    You can fool around 350 people with the title MP to their name and then invade a foreign country, bomb a foreign country or apply sanctions to a foreign country.

    The real question nowadays is just how many people you actually have to fool, most of the time, to get your own way.

    For the rich and powerful, it is remarkably few……

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  5. @rtj +1

    “You can fool around 350 people with the title MP to their name and then invade a foreign country, bomb a foreign country or apply sanctions to a foreign country.”

    I would change ‘fool’ in your comment above to bribe or blackmail though. I cannot believe those bottom feeders that voted to further rubbleise Syria did so for pure but misplaced motives. The defence of stupidity is all too often used to cover malign intent. Iraq and Libya were not ‘mistakes’. The chaos that followed served the interests of powerful factions in the West.

    http://original.antiwar.com/thomas-harrington/2015/10/11/the-problem-with-faking-it/

    As Ron astutely points out above, when ‘Friends’ of a foreign nation constitute a majority of MPs of all parties, how much influence is wielded in the interests of that foreign nation. I would prefer that our MPs started acting as ‘Friends of the UK’.

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