We live in a world where Trump, Bolsonaro, Orbán, Duterte, Erdoğan, and Johnson lead nations. This is a damning indictment of hierarchical/centralised politics and governance structures. Unless we devolve our means of exercising political agency, expect more of the same.
@aral You missed Modi and India.
@meetdheeraj Sadly, it was originally a tweet and there are only so many characters.
@aral Xi and Modi here in Asia too. They are all leading the world to destruction.
Destruction is not the most probable outcome. Slavery is.
They are building a world of slaves that pretend to be free. Slaves unaware of their own oppression, so that they can support it instead of fighting.
In the long run this will produce an evolutive pressure that will split humanity in two species: a dominant one and a remissive one.
@aral You realise that Trump, Bolsonaro, Orbán, Duterte, Erdoğan, and Johnson are all popularly elected leaders?
@Korsier @aral yes, but I think that's partly the point: the amount of Democratic participation is minimal and very broad: there are lots of reasons to vote for e.g. Boris, but that doesn't make the voting block homogenous. Those diverse views could be better represented with more decentralized governance (hopefully).
@Korsier Yes, that is exactly my point (also, they are “democractically” elected – the meaning of that term being pliable – but Trump, for example, did not win the popular vote.)
@aral By using the term "democratically" elected are you suggesting that these leaders (or at least their parties) did not get a majority of the vote? For a democracy to work the losing side has to accept the will of the electorate.
@aral do you have concrete ideas on how to improve democracy?
@Jonius Yeah: we devolve our systems of communication to start with to decouple our political agency from hierarchical power structures.
@aral I completely support these demands. Only difference: I'd say we need to save democracy (to remain free) and capitalism (to not become poor). Well, I also deny surveillance capitalism and neo-liberalism. That is not the only way capitalism can be established.
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