I am interested in the road to a different future. On this road several elements of a new society will become visible. By travelling on this road citizens will feel freer by having more influence on their own life and on the general process of decision-making. How the new society will precisely look like will be the task of our offspring, of the people who live then. We can only make a start in the right direction.
To get ideas about a new society, distance yourself from the democratic system. The idea that majorities decide must be left behind. Active, interested and involved minorities of common citizens should decide. I call them Autonomous Clubs. These Clubs confront minorities of decision-takers. Any human can start or join a Club and all members have the same status what is not true in a democracy. Leaders of political organisations often use the silent uninterested majority of members to promote their ideas. The Clubs are small and temporarily and all members should be active so there is no need for a leader who can manipulate the Club. Any action should contribute to the idea that the 99% get more influence on their own life and the general social development. Only then humans become really freer.
The Nürenberg judges were succinct in this regard: “Individual citizens have the right to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity.” About the same idea as Jean-Paul Marat who talks about the right to become active when the freedom, safety and well-being of citizens is endangered.
The formation of temporary and alternating minorities of active, interested and involved citizens is contrary to what happens in democratic organs in which decisions are based on majorities that vote in the believe that leaders know what is best.
The Dutch phenomenon Fortuyn illustrates the changing attitude towards the democratic voting process. People turned away from the old left-right politics and followed the charismatic Fortuyn. In 2001 he won 17% of the votes in the Dutch elections. See http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/letter25.htm. His political program emphasized the discontent of the Dutch voter with the political elite. Fortuyn hardly gave solutions but capitalised on the dissatisfaction. In later years the support of rightist and leftist populist parties rose to over 30%.
Fortuyn was murdered but it only increased the discontent and antipathy for the sitting political parties. After the murder of Fortuyn many people said that “They have murdered our Fortuyn who should make life better for us”. This is still in contradiction to the idea that citizens must get an own power and not remain dependent on leaders. The idea that others could make life better is incompatible with the idea that free people decide, people with their own Fourth People’s Power. That has not yet penetrated deep in the minds of the 99%. Citizens are dissatisfied but leaders who decide over and for masspeople can never solve this discontent.
That is the prime characteristic of democracy, people are allowed to vote but the elected decide. Democratic leaders continue to preserve their high posts even when it becomes more and more clear that the elected do a very bad job, that they are often corrupt, that difficulties are mounting and that the freedom of citizens is more and more restricted. Only successful actions by Autonomous Clubs that penetrate in the private life of leaders can destroy this deep rooted problem. Power is in a democracy in the hands of a select group of elected and non-elected leaders, in a new Humane World in the hands of free, active and involved citizens.
“The road to the future is more important than the future” http://downwithelite.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/the-road-to-the-future-is-more-important-than-the-future/
Joost van Steenis