There can be no bigger sign that conventional ‘democracy’ is defunct than the inexorable movement towards America selecting Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton as their presidential candidates. When either of these two is elected, some of what they say will represent a tiny tiny minority of the views of Americans. (Though Trump is already morphing into a reasonable gentle highly electable person as primary victory approaches.) Even I may well be applauding the fact that the corporations actually pull the strings as many of the Trump/Clinton views are so dangerous….

The real tragedy of this facade is that none of the proposals of Bernie Sanders will be heard of again – although they propose real change especially for poorer Americans. And all this is mirrored in the UK where the Tory 12 seat majority makes them all powerful – essentially a multi headed dictatorship.

So why does much of the world largely continue with these variants on totalitariansim? Why don’t we change to the political system of Denmark, or other States where a range of views can be heard and considered? Apparently because we need clear strong leadership…. I can see this was useful in the battle of Agincourt but it’s totally and utterly unsuited to the world in which we now live.  The answer is surely that the potential prize of total power is so great that no one in power will change a system, and that the corporations really do run the show.

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Peter Macfadyen

Social activist, ex Mayor and Leader of Frome Town Council, author, public speaker, undertaker, grandfather.

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