Shehryar Qazi

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.

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