Politics – do we really care?

I’ve always had a problem with ‘-isms’ – communism, socialism, facism, capitalism, republicanism, you name it – because they all seem to miss the point about people. Homo Sapiens doesn’t give a flying fruit bat about politics until things go wrong.

I was a kid in the late Menzies era of Australia [1949-1966], and I remember hearing some adults moan about elections while others moaned about the general apathy of the Australian voter. You see, in Australia, we have compulsory voting…and the times were good.

In fact, by the early 60’s, the populations of the Western world were better off, generally, than they had ever been before. Not quite the age of surplus envisioned by Marx, but close, and some of us really were able to live ‘…from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.’ That’s what the Age of Aquarius, Flower Power and Free Love were really all about.

Yet, on an individual level, despite the lack of scarcity, we still suffered from greed and envy and other ‘first world’ problems as we see-sawed between co-operation and competition. Because that is how the human animal is made – neither saint nor sinner but a combination of both.

And in a roundabout way, our dual nature is exactly why compulsory voting should be mandatory in all representational democracies. Voters are human and apathetic…and the silent majority doesn’t give a shit. That is why we have to be forced into protecting democracy, because democracy only works if the apathetic majority moderates the extremes on both the Right and the Left.

If I had my way, I would do away with all career politicians entirely. Instead, I would replace them with ordinary people, plucked off the street as for jury duty. These reluctant amateurs would bring their own strengths and weaknesses to the table, but their very reluctance might result in some genuine ‘…government of the people, for the people, by the people’.

Human beings won’t change, ever. That’s why we have to devise better systems to make it possible for this disparate tribe to live together in mutual protection and safety.

Only by understanding and working around our own weaknesses can we avoid going the way of the dinosaur and the dodo.

May 2018 be a better year than 2017.

Meeks

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I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

20 responses to “Politics – do we really care?

  • Hikma History

    You said “Human beings won’t change, ever” – what about evolution; what about adaptation?

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    • acflory

      Evolution/adaptation does happen in humans, but because of our long lives and the fact that we don’t lay millions of eggs like flies, it’s very hard for us to adapt to a changing environment. That’s precisely why we change the environment to suit ourselves rather than the other way round.
      As for personality, drives, motivation etc, that doesn’t seem to have changed during recorded history, hence my comment. We read Homer’s The Odyssey and understand what the characters were on about. Ditto Hamlet.
      We may be taller and live longer, but inside we haven’t changed.

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  • Eric Klingenberg

    Since turning 18 I’ve always voted, I even stood for election once. I’m shocked at the apathy in the UK considering how hard people fought to get the right to vote, I think you are right compulsory voting is the answer.

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  • Gradmama2011

    Reblogged this on SOMETIMES and commented:
    This excellent post from friend acflory on her blog MEEKA’S MIND is the best thing I’ve read about the coming Year 2018 and Australian voters in particular and all Voters in general. Thanks for the re-blog!

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  • Elizabeth Drake

    I love this idea.

    My group of friends is also big proponents of term limits across the board for every politicians. In the US, it was supposed to be citizen leaders. You came in, did the the job for a term or two, then went back to your real job.

    I think all democracies would benefit this.

    My congressman doesn’t care a whit what I say. He basically told me that at a town hall. He’s been the congressman for my district for over thirty-five years. He has his job until he’s ready to retire.

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    • acflory

      Ugh. We have ‘safe seats’ here too, and they usually go to the party faithful. The new people, the ones that still burn with the fire to make things better are usually in swing seats and get voted out when their party is on the nose with the voters. The system really is open to abuse. 😦

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  • dancingpalmtrees

    Please keep America in your thoughts and prayers. People look at me sideways when I tell them that I call, email and meet with my elected officials. I believe in being an active participant in the system. I find my representatives on Facebook and Twitter and I have gotten favorable responses.
    After all somebody has to speak up for the disabled and for Veterans. I served my country so I plan on holding the politicians accountable. Of course you know my main concern is programs and services for adults with Autism like my brother Stephen.

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  • EllaDee's daleleelife101.blog

    Meeks, that’s a brilliant solution. Political sevice like jury duty, or national service but you get to serve a year not before you start work but before you finish so we get the benefit of each person’s life experience-to-date. And no bloody outlandish bill for the cronyism-champagne-pension rort.

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  • davidprosser

    I’d forgotten just how good we did have it in the 60’s.As normal career politicians were having their little sex scandals. Perhaps it’s part of the politicians make up.
    You idea of a years enforced duty by ordinary people has merit, an accountant as the chancellor, and one in the treasury, maybe someone from town planning in Transport and perhaps a therapist as Prime Minister. (maybe a sex therapist to keep them under control). We cab cherry pick the specialists. We certainly can’t do worse than we do now.We definitely need women as Home and Foreign Secretaries and possibly in defence too.

    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

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    • acflory

      -giggles- hang on! Housewives and mothers are the best practical accountants imaginable! I’m not averse to specialists if they happen to be in the ‘intake’, but like EllaD, I also believe in the value of life experience.
      C’mon, don’t you think we could do better?

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