…the ideal of “self-government”-that the people are the ultimate authority and must have a voice in how they are governed-is flat-out bullshit at its finest. The people of the United States have been led to believe they are the ones making the laws of the land. Yet… what role did they have in drafting and ratifying the Constitution? None! Seemingly, they forget that the Constitution “was written by men who feared government by the people and were trying to keep it at bay.” Arguably, a logical stance to take considering the fact that then majority of Americans-as it remains today-were ignorant of how politics, law and government functioned to dictate society.

Therefore, the people have been misled by such falsehoods and the hocus pocus of “majority rule.” To this end, they have been doped with illusions. How so? The illusive powers of democracy have …

successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most energetic characters cannot penetrate to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

Picasso once said art is a lie that tells the truth. In this regard, America’s democracy artfully tells a lie that today has become a truth postulated in more of the same deceptions used in the yesteryears to sway the favor of the people. Sure they vote, yet as Thoreau has suggested:

All voting is a sort of gaming, like chequers or back-gammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, per-chance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing noting for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.

In questioning the virtue of the masses Thoreau has set forth an observation that, while democracies by definition must respect individual freedoms, these freedoms can only be exercised in a meaningful sense when people are informed, engaged and participating. Given the significant number of Americans who are ignorant of the nature of politics, law, etc., not to mention those who have been disenfranchised by other government devices, and those who simply do not partake in the whole political process-the people by no means have been left to govern themselves. Nor do they dictate the central issues of power the American government falsely proclaims to be at the heart of public deliberation. As Avakian has indicted, those who control today’s technology and media outlets (thus, the information society feeds on) possess the ability to shape that information (thus, society’s conscious/conscience) to their favor.

Thus there is little to question as to whether or not the average citizen’s reason has been affected by distortions which influence his or her vote. Here lies the tactful calculation of America’s powerful elite who manipulate the people’s will as if a glove puppet catering to their tyranny while providing it with the appearance of fair and just simply because the majority approve. It is but one example of many where those who exercise power transform their interests into a moral “right,” a norm, a usual part of the order of things.

To this end, the law being their most effective tool of propaganda becomes a symbolic instrument they exploit to the fullest. For the authority it carries has been embedded deeply in the conscious of every American. Sadly, many will never realize just how their conscience has been warped so by the concept of “majority rule.” Like robots they have been programmed to abide by a system that reflects attitudes commensurate to the capitalist spirit of this nation. Yet they do not see the hypocrisy of their violence, injustice, inequality, etc, because capitalism blinds them so. But let us not forget the fact that majority rule (a.k.a. “Mob Rule”) once held Africans as slaves, supported Jim Crow and women’s suffrage. Mob rule endorsed legal genocide of Native Americans and theft of their land. And even to this day, mob rule murders innocent Iraqi women and children, and mass incarcerates communities of color.

Surely, this gives considerable weight to yet another truth observed by Thoreau:

“[A] government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice…”

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