The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to complain about it.
For democracy read "elect our puppet candidates, and return to feudal times".And again no outcry of Stalinism, etc, etc.
Mike; according to the TV stories I saw on this they claimed to be running AGAINST the previous feudal system.All that said, this seems to be a case of you can have all the democracy you want as long as you elect the right candidates. Actually, I think you have to admire the sheer bloody mindedness of the people of Sark in waving two fingers at these Barclays.... (I suggest that you read Kenneth Williams' Diaries on the subject of Barclays.)
Thanks for directing my attention to this...It is my argument that ALL democracy in a Capitalist econonomy works like this, only less naked.Money blackmails the voters.
Hmm Crushed. I once wrote a very long essay on that subject and concluded that you are right - up to a point (though that's true of most propositions).I've lost the essay now, but it had headings like...- Deferential voting- Rational deferential voting- The mass media as a pressure group promoting the interests of the owners- the misuse of the concept of 'liberty' in the service of pressure-groups interests- Advertising and the influence on journalism- Political funding- Class alignment and de-alignment- Variations in the mix of mixed economies- Gramsci - HegemonyAnd you know what? I concluded that republican representative democracy ensured the least-worst outcome under the circumstances while progressively reducing the problem!(The more you return here, the less that last sentence will surprise you...)
mikeovswinton:Fair comment, but I find the terminology misleading.Sark's traditional feudalism seems democratic, in that 'everyone worked for the good of the island'. The Barclays' democracy was de facto feudalism: to work in our hotels, you must elect our representatives. The islanders duly exercised their new democratic rights at the election.The Barclay's campaign against feudalism has been to make Brecqhou independent of Sark (and, probably, to promote their own business interests on Sark). Principally, to avoid paying taxes, and to leave their estate to all of their descendents. Sark obliged, changed the taxation & inheritance laws, drew up a constitution, held the election. In other words, behaved democratically.
God, I'm glad someone is fingering them for what they are. The BBC etc seemed to just find the story vaguely amusing.
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