I thought that I might be an orphan in believing that the democracy I experience is a joke. A recent article on the dearth of democracy in the ‘Weekend Australian Magazine’ by Phillip Adams, a most durable and perspicacious social commentator, supports my judgement. Here are relevant extracts.
“ … the Dearth Cult, my name for what passes for Australian democracy. Hardly matters who’s heading the government or opposition – we see a dearth of ideas, ideals, imagination, intellect.”
“The business models for state or federal governments are broken. All votes are donkey votes, elections involving reluctant voting, filling front and back benches with fools, frauds, and bitter disappointments. Apart being inordinately expensive, elections stack branches, stuff envelopes with developers’ dollars (further corrupting already corrupt parties), lead to “law ’n’ order” auctions that increasingly overcrowd prisons. Even worse, the prospects of an election provokes faux patriotic warmongering and costly, fatal involvements in other peoples’ wars.”
How about that? Adams then offers a few interesting alternatives:
• Let us choose our leaders in a raffle … Losers become MPs.
• Or let us swap one ballot for another. Remember conscription?
• Or we could borrow from the jury system.
• Perhaps we could make government itself a punishment.
• The answer to this problem, as to any and every problem, is an algorithm … Let’s hand government over to them.