Friday, January 7, 2011

Political Establishments are a Threat to Democracy

The spread and growth of political establishments weaken democracy, by allowing minority privilege classes to circumvent the voice of the people. This circumvention may manifest itself in influencing and manipulating public opinion, using mainstream media to sideline opposition parties, or using the combined force of political parties, media, bureaucrats and corporations to pursue a self-serving agenda and control election outcomes.

Interestingly, political establishments are established at all levels of mainstream political society in western countries--municipal, provincial/state, and federal. Moreover, political establishments tend to be a group of persons. However, political establishments by their minority status do not represent the will of the people.

Generally, political establishments are a concentration of political power by an individual and/or group. The establishment pursues a self-serving agenda, and it is antagonistic to people and/or groups which threaten its political power.

The cause of political establishments is misinformed and apathetic voters, and gross income disparities in society.

The danger of political establishments is that they weaken the voice of people. The more power and influence a political establishment has, the weaker the voice of the people will be.

The largest political establishment in the world resides in the USA. This political establishment, comprised of the Republican and Democrat political parties, many corporations, mainstream media, and high-level bureaucrats, has a stranglehold on informing the majority of Americans, and thereby US political power.


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Definition of establishment

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