Facade of democracy

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The circumstances surrounding the economy are obvious (Socialist Review, October 2008). The political elite and the opulent bourgeoisie are coming up with a myriad of excuses.

However, these kinds of actions by the elites of society are driven by the idea that the intelligent, well educated, natural leaders of society alone know what is best for society.

This classical idea also embodies the argument that the masses need to be governed and are incapable of governing themselves. Thus it follows that if they need to be lied to it will be for their own good.

Nevertheless, we are told that in a democracy the people's will and wishes are to be represented by the government. While this is true in theory it is clearly not being put into practice in the US government.

It is obvious that democracy in the US at this point is more of a facade than anything else. In the eyes of the bourgeoisie proletariats are unable to discern what is good for them, and these are the values that our capitalist government is acting upon.

Shehryar Qazi
Indiana, United States