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A Democracy Or A Delusion?

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Map of Freedom 2013
(Green=free, yellow=partially free, purple=unfree.
Source: 2011_Freedom_House_world_map.svg:, 2010_Freedom_House_world_map.svg:,2009_Freedom_House_world_map.svg: derivative work: Voland77, Freedom_House_world_map_2009.png: Voland77)

Looking at the events of the 20th and 21st centuries, one sees that the shift toward a greater degree of freedom (defined in terms of political and civil rights) was quite slow through 1986. However, events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union/C.I.S. in 1989, 1990 and 1991 added millions to the numbers of those free or partly free.

Surveys are great marketing, sociological, and demographic research tools
Surveys are great marketing, sociological, and demographic research tools

The Fraser Institute’s new book, Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom says that Human Freedom Index (HFI) highlights these 10 countries as the ones with the most human freedom. New Zealand takes the top spot, followed by the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United States, Denmark, Japan, and Estonia. The goal of the HFI “is to measure the degree to which people are free to enjoy classic civil liberties — freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly — in each country surveyed.” In this Index, the U.S. barely made it and Russia has degenerated from an "aspiring liberal economy into a kleptocracy." (Kleptocracy=a government characterized by rampant greed and corruption.

The Corporatocracy in the U.S., like the Kleptocracy in Russia, manifests endless greed that shows the people a mere pretense of caring about them but an utter obsession with getting more money and power for themselves
The Corporatocracy in the U.S., like the Kleptocracy in Russia, manifests endless greed that shows the people a mere pretense of caring about them but an utter obsession with getting more money and power for themselves

Anyone can see that the U.S. is an oligarchy, which is a power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. Look at the U.S. Look at power, politics, corporate influence to the degree they now can effectively buy elections and legislation and politicians and policy, the huge gap between rich and poor or even the huge gap between rich and middle class, etc. (See The US is an oligarchy, study concludes.)

The growing income gap between rich and poor shows that the rich are effectively shaking down the poor and middle class
The growing income gap between rich and poor shows that the rich are effectively shaking down the poor and middle class

What do you see, what does it mean, and who really has the power? Look beneath the surface, since our various institutions like to keep up the appearance of being democratic, and acting in the interest of the citizens. What do you see underneath this well-polished surface veneer, this false front, this fascade? Raw power effectively in the hands of a relatively small number of people. Corporations run the show.

Have we sunk to the level of a Kleptocracy (a government characterized by rampant greed and corruption like Russia) yet? No, but we are surely fulfilling the "rampant greed" aspect of the definition. There's plenty of corruption, but most corrupters seem to cover their tracks well, so it is either not rampant yet or it is rampant and we just do not uncover it because the corrupters are too clever and because the investigative reporters have degenerated into infotainment reporters so no one is trying to uncover anything. Who knows?

What we do know is that in America, the propensity for authoritarian thinking and the love of military solutions continues to grow as the country spends itself deeply into debt to pursue the military fantasies of closet authoritarians concomitantly with those in charge eroding our privacy, our rights, and indeed—our futures. Bye-bye freedom, hello oligarchy. See Politics and Government.

The American Enterprise Institute reviewed the book cited above. The Fraser Institute worked with the Liberales Institut of Germany, and the Cato Institute of the United States to create the book, which is edited by the Fraser Institute. They are doing a good job of looking at human freedom in the world. The American Enterprise Institute noted that President Ronald Reagan fretted over the growth of government and said that “There is a threat posed to human freedom by the enormous power of the modern state,” and that there have been numerous government interventions in recent years, and a huge expansion of government spending.

We see how campaign finance laws fixed it so the voice of the people is effectively silenced as the corporations buy the elections and the legislation. Most of us (middle class and below) have been tricked into believing it matters who we vote for, when in truth it only determines which party will be doing what the corporations dictate. Not that anyone admits any of this—they all keep up a good front. It fools most people, but it no longer fools us. The more we look into this stuff, the more we see Corporatocracy at work. There are dozens of authors on our website who have realized some or all of what we're saying—some of the links to their books are above, or on our articles page.

Obama has declared himself king and emperor of the U.S
Obama has declared himself king and emperor of the U.S

We also see how Obama's actions when he was President showed he had declared himself king and emperor of the U.S. He forgot the constitution and the three branches of government that are supposed to apply checks and balances on one another. He nullified the legislative and judicial branch and let the executive branch (him) do whatever it wanted, unchecked, and unbalanced. Obama, who lied to our face about health care and spying and the NSA surveillance, had gone power mad. And Congress was so spineless, so gutless, that instead of stopping him and throwing him out of office, they were quivering in their boots like jellyfish with serious cases of Saint Vitus' dance. You'd think their lives were being threatened. Why wouldn't they man up and simply do their jobs?!

Of course, now that it is 2017 and OBomb'em is history (finally!), we have Trump undoing king Obama's executive orders and trying to get the country to be a three-branch government again instead of a one-branch monarchy. It's about time! That's the good news. The bad news is that there is a humongous ginormous tendency for presidents to get their way by executive order rather than working with Congress since it is much simpler to sign an order than engage in running the government the way the Founders envisioned with three interacting branches with checks and balances. The question then becomes: Will Trump utilize his Republican controlled Congress and soon-to-be conservative Supreme Court to run the country like the Founders wanted and the Constitution decries, or will he fall prey to the temptation to be King number three in the long succession of kings from King Dubya, King Barack and now King Donald? What the U.S. needs most now is a statesman who will bring home the troops (as promised) and fix the infrastructure and stop the corruption and the neocon takeover. Will Trump be yet another heart wrenching disappointment or will he be the statesman the U.S. has been needing since FDR (the last true statesman)? As of this writing it is too early to tell.

Obama's nose has grown long  since he lied to our faces about health care and spying and NSA surveillance
Obama's nose has grown long since he lied to our faces about health care and spying and NSA surveillance