Wednesday, 7 February 2007

4:1 Make democracy more 'flexible'.

Some of you face the problem that you live in countries which are formally ‘democratic’. This was not a difficulty which we faced in our time and we grant that it may impede you in your godly work. The general population in certain countries still seem to have the belief that you have been elected by them and should reflect their opinion. This is clearly a romantic view, and if it is a little bit true in times of peace, certainly does not apply during a war.

Yet it will be fruitless and perhaps a bad idea to disabuse them of this illusion. As the poet said, ‘Man cannot stand too much reality’. One of your powerful weapons is to pronounce that you have discovered the best of all political systems, ‘democracy’, to which all other nations must be forced to adhere. If they will not do it voluntarily, it is your historic role to force them. To make this plausible you must continue to use the supposed legitimacy of being democratically elected while re-organizing the system. There are several techniques which you are glad to see you are already using to some effect in this sphere.

For example, there is the problem of securing your election to power and maintenance of power. You can ensure this by rigging the votes with powerful allies in the judiciary, so even if you do not win the majority of votes you are proclaimed the winner. This has long been practised with success around the world, and we are glad to see it was used for the first time in America in the early twenty first century.

You can re-adjust the electoral boundaries, when in power, particularly easy now using the sophisticated computer programs on re-drawing electoral districts. After a couple of periods in success, this should ensure that ‘to those that have shall be given’ and your enemies will never be able to win again.

1 comment:

Gabriel Andrade said...

Electronic voting and computer machines is an extremely controversial issue in Venezuela. Chavez has won two elections with electronic voting, and his opponents claim they were fraudulent. They would rather return to manual voting. It is a strange fact, because Chavez is a leftist who often reacts against allienating technology, whereas his opponents often defend technological advances.