the government doesn’t elect people, unless they have some voodoo ways of polling citizens to determine how they’ll vote and then encouraging specific voter segments to turn out. Crazy conspiracy theories.
I don’t think the government elects anybody. Unless all those conspiracy theories are true.
Thanks for your thoughts. Although I’m not fan of conspiracy theories I’m not sure if election process is as equitable as you may think.
The answer is in structure. No voodoo required, only intelligent people with a lot money and power on the line. Populations are more predictable than you think.
First, control who can vote. Drug possession charges will eliminate a very large portion of the population that usually opt for change and more freedom. The criminal justice system keeps people on probation as long as possible - this not only brings in more money, but keeps their voices silent.
Two, control who you can vote for. The election system is very much designed to trump population votes with the use of ‘delegates’ and the electoral college.
Three, control the media. Have you ever heard of the ‘Fairness Doctrine’?
The Fairness Doctrine had two basic elements: It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters. Stations were given wide latitude as to how to provide contrasting views: It could be done through news segments, public affairs shows or editorials.
Basically this doctrine held the few companies with broadcast licenses accountable for putting out false news or disinforming the public on controversial issues. The media was NOT allowed to lie. In the 1980’s this Doctrine was dissolved under the Reagan administration and vetoed again by the Bush administration. Why? Just watch this… “Faking It: How The Media Manipulates The World Into War.”
The Media also manipulates people into voting trends - just look at how Ron Paul has been completely ignored in the past decade.
The government doesn’t magically choose its own president - but it spends billions to ensure that the president they want is elected.
Four, corporate interests. Campaigning costs money and when you are going to be in a position to pass laws, large companies want ear time. Every politician, except for maybe Ron Paul, has intrinsic ties to investments that their power to repeal and enact laws will benefit.
Five, the public school system. There is a reason kids are forced to salute the flag. There is a reason the public education system destroys creativity, self autonomy and intellectual achievement. Politicians rarely come from the public education system.
Six, religion. In God We Trust is the mantra. It’s on our monopoly money and capital buildings. The religious minded are dogmatic, easy to bring to fervor and easy to control. All Bush had to say was that he believed he had divine purpose in the White House to have millions eager for the Jihad he would wage against the middle-east.
As Stefan Molyneux says, democracy is nothing but a suggestion box for slaves.