Stradageek wrote:Interesting quotes from the latest book I'm reading called 'Rich Media Poor Democracy'
"Neoliberalism is a political theory, it posits that society works best when business runs things and there is as little possibility of government interference with business as possible. In short Neoliberal democracy is one where the political sector controls little and debates even less. In such a world political apathy and indifference are a quite rational choice for the bulk of the citizenry, especially for those who reside below the upper and middle classes"
"Very few people would argue that the US is remotely close to a democratic society (one in which the 'many' should and do make the core political decisions). Many key decisions are the province of the corporate sector and most decisions made by the government are influenced by powerful special interests with little public awareness or input.
I would add that the 'many' should be considered a minimum majority of 80% NOT 52%. I'm sure that obtaining an 80% majority on anything would freeze our parliament for many months until they realised that nothing will ever get done until a 'democratic' consensus i.e a VERY broad middle ground acceptable to most of the population is tabled.
I can't argue with any of that other than 80% is practically unachievable,personally I'd settle for a 66% majority,simple majorities leave no one happy and as we've seen leave the country split down the middle.
Or am suggesting a PR driven utopia that we'll never achieve?
*Those turkeys include big business interests.