Democracy is based on the concept of equality, or giving everyone a voice. The only way it accomplishes this goal is by narrowing the population of those to whom it gives a voice to those who already agree with democracy.
Parents practice this old sleight-of-hand as well. “You’ll find the answer when you’re ready,” they say. What they mean is that when you accept the direction they want you to take, the answer they have suggested will be waiting for you. It’s a crude but effective manipulation.
Another example is co-workers deciding where to go for lunch. “Look, we gotta pick a restaurant, but I want those of you who don’t like Chinese or Mexican food to be quiet, or we’ll never make a decision.” You trim your audience to those who will make the type of decision you want them to make.
With that in mind, let’s look at those that democracy does not give a voice:
On a practical level, it’s hard to find an accurate spokesperson for nature because upon being appointed, that person would immediately be inundated in ten-million-dollar sellout “opportunities” from various industries, liberal groups and environmental groups. The industries would want exceptions, the liberal groups would want the wealth transfer agenda added to any environmental platform, and environmental groups would see the writing on the wall and realize their own doom if these problems were ever solved.
In result: no one speaks up for nature, even though we have plenty of people who are aware how much unbroken spaces, vast natural preserves, clean water and trash-free woods are needed. In fact, if we set aside enough land, we’d have to do nothing else from an environmental perspective — nature given enough strength will re-balance our unbalanced acts. But until some tree dresses up in a silk suit and presents a 277 page fact finding mission to Congress, this won’t get acted upon.
Our schools and government pamphlets excel in teaching us partial truths, or subsets of the truth that make everything simple enough to be tested with multiple-choice questions. The simple “truth” we tell is that democracy makes us all equal, and gives us all a voice. The more obvious reality is that democracy benefits the individual, especially those at the lowest common denominator point of values, and actually denies voices to many of the most important parts of our lives.
Yet the problem with democracy is that it sees the world only in terms of individual humans, and in its mania to have none rise above the rest, is reluctant to delegate power to those who speak for anything broader than the area within the four walls of their homes. For nature, or culture, to have a voice, we must have a leader, and that upsets our democratic fashion sensibilities.
We ran to democracy out of fear of other systems, notably monarchism and fascism. But as the years pass, we see that democracy has even more dire problems deep within it — it’s just that they take years to pass, and when they do emerge, are full-blown catastrophes instead of the minor setback of having a single bad leader. Our future political systems will in turn attempt to correct the flaws of democracy.