A society where a few citizens decide all
policies is based on political in-equality. The few have "Power"
while most citizens - don't. When all citizens can decide all
policies society is based on political equality. No one has
"Power" and the majority is free as it lives by its own
decisions. Nowadays political inequality poses as equality by
letting all citizens choose the few who will decide all policies
for all others. This system is unequal, un-just, and corrupt.
Today Big Business (BB) decides what society will do. It claims
to defend Freedom. Its advocates say that the 20th century was a
struggle for Freedom against oppression by Big Government. Yet
all 20th Century major wars were initiated by BB for its power
and profits. Both BB and BG are power-addicts. Both loath
political equality - and freedom.
Marx believed a nationalized economy will cure most social ills.
Lenin proved him wrong. Lenin's "Big Government" (BG) ran the
economy. No person owned part of it. Party officials - not
industrial or agricultural workers - were the ruling strata.
They owned Power - not property. They decided all policies and
managed everything. Criticizing them was forbidden. It was a
"Party Officials' State" posing as a "Worker's State". It banned
strikes and free Unions. Profits provided full employment, and
housing-healthcare-education-pensions - paid by the State - to
all citizens. Many believed this will cure all social ills. It
did not. People fought for Power, not for profits. Conspiracies,
corruption, and deception flourished. Leaders banished any
potential rival. They decided what books, films, plays,
paintings, and music citizens are allowed to read, see, or hear.
BG leaders, being Marxists, expected all BBs to cause economic
crises and wars leading to internal revolutions that will
replace BB by BG and saw no point in attacking them. After WW2
BG states were set up in many countries. BB leaders feared that
BG economic security might motivate their unemployed to replace
BB by BG. To prevent this they launched a "Cold War" against BG
(1946-1991). BB breeds economic crises but the BB State saves
the BB economy from collapse. To everyone's surprise, all
European BGs collapsed between 1989-1991. Even today most of
their former citizens refuse to resurrect them. They prefer the
ills of a privatized economy to a welfare- state ruled by Party
officials. Most people today despise both privatized - and
nationalized - economies and mistrust most political
representatives. They tolerate them because they see no other
way to run society. This creates "dead-end politics" where
people resent all political systems but don't act to replace
them. Time is ripe to create a new, post-parliamentary, direct
democracy, based on political equality: All citizens vote on all
policies - at home, at work, and in the state. Citizens
themselves vote directly on policies, rather than grant power to
a representative. This will abolish political Power, the core of
political corruption. It will maintain political equality of all
citizens. It will not cure all ills of society, but bad
decisions will induce changes of policies not of
representatives. Political equality is feasible today. It is the
only cure for the inevitable ills of political power inherent in
rule by representatives.