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Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Charade Called Democracy

In his acceptance speech in 1992, American President Bill Clinton described Professor Quigley as his mentor and an important influence on his life. Quigley wrote several books including 'Tragedy & Hope: A History of The World in Our Time'.

On page 1247 he went some way towards exposing the charade that is the two (main) party political system.

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy."

3 comments:

Trooper Thompson said...

A book everyone should read.

fellist said...

That paradigm has held true for a century but in Britain at least the two party system seems to be opening up and we are transitioning into a more European style of multi-party politics.

'Course I think the Lib Dems are just Lab/Con wannabees and the Greens and UKIP and Scots/Welsh 'nationalists' are also securely in the pockets of the globlalists -- so it doesn't really matter, except our understanding needs to shift with the change.

Revolution Harry said...

You're quite right Fellist. They appear to have developed the 'system' where we are concerned. Just at the time when most of the real power has moved to the EU. Even Brown has been muttering about some sort of proportional representation and you can guarantee that the Lib Dims will be asking for something along those lines as part of the deal for their involvement in the well sign posted hung parliament. Any odds on Vince Cable being the next chancellor?