Revolution Harry wrote:
Here’s the first question. Do we want a democracy, a republic, a monarchy (I hope not) or something else?
First up, there’s not a bad article hereabout this question:
These two forms of government: Democracy and Republic, are not only dissimilar but antithetical, reflecting the sharp contrast between (a) The Majority Unlimited, in a Democracy, lacking any legal safeguard of the rights of The Individual and The Minority, and (b) The Majority Limited, in a Republic under a written Constitution safeguarding the rights of The Individual and The Minority.
I hadn’t realised it was all so….inevitable. I’ll give it up and slowly fade to grey.
The scenario I painted, where any revolution was anticipated and the preconditions created, in order to achieve the next stage in the World Government [itself a misnomer for a dictatorship but we’re getting way off topic here] and where control over the instruments of life, food, water, fuel, are in the hands of the oligarchs at the head of the federation, is not far-fetched and furthermore, is somewhat anticipated in the Christian view of the endtimes.
Ranty’s point is quite valid – should we just curl up and acquiesce, if it’s all inevitable anyway?
I say no, we do not, must not.
We fight it with all we have because to Christians, I would say – how do you know this time or that time is the end? It was clearly stated that we’d not know the time. So, we treat this time as any other time, e.g. 30s Europe, only now we’re aided by the internet [for the nonce] and have the benefit of hindsight among [and this is the important point] a far wider range of thinking people communicating than in the 30s.
I don’t mean there are fewer thinking people but that we are interconnected far better and so the kernel of resistance is embedded in far more than at that unfortunate time.
Also, this is one area where Christians and Atheists can join forces because what we all know is that the bureaucratically transmitted disease of socialism which snuffs out liberty, of which the Frankfurt School was the main cultural arm and of which the political arm is in such bodies as Tavistock and Common Purpose, is to resisted with maximum prejudice.
There are non-cooperative ways to do this and Gandhi had some things to say about that. Ranty had others. The USSR is a good case in point and I’d suggest it wasn’t so much the massive, crippling unworkability of the national socialist model but the disillusionment of almost the entire people who saw a better life out there which finally had the machine grinding to a halt and falling apart.
This is my old Fabianism coming out. If you go on the streets as a rabble rouser, you get picked off. If you proceed quietly – a little bit here, a little bit there, a placeman of our own here and one there, it might be beyond my lifetime but it’s the only realistic way to bring down a push to totalitarianism and not replace it with something worse.
Our own British [post-Union] antecedents and strong Protestant ethic came about as a result of certain things being in place, not least being Protestantism itself. Protestantism does not have to mean Calvinism. There was a way of doing things peculiarly British, that then spread around the world and spawned the eventual U.S.A., all of this despite the vanguard containing a large proportion of Them, e.g. Rhodes, Milner, Jefferson, Franklin.
We despair that we are only a small percentage of the population – hell, was Voltaire in a majority in his time? Naturally we have to be writing things which would capture the imagination and also have the means to disseminate them. The net and the good old Samizdat are vehicles for this. We have to get real.
Do we want a democracy, a republic, a monarchy (I hope not) or something else?
… to which the answer might be a peculiar mix of all three, with the monarchy in a constitutionally defined role as the ambassadors of the country and part of our anti-socialist tradition [actually this is just to get up their noses].
Why not write our version of the American model, noting and addressing its defects?
Harry points out:
My suggestion for some sort of document or declaration that could be agreed on by the maximum number of people is really an exercise in trying to identify exactly what we want. If we don’t want to be subjugated in a new feudal system by Them, however it is presented, we have to come up with an alternative vision of the future. Surely now is the time to do this, not when the very worst has happened.
My post where he wrote this was not to try to spread doom and gloom but to point out that there are key objections to the efficacy of the street revolution.
Hell, have one by all means – it’s all part of the rich pageant of resistance. Also get into the lawful rebellion – all good stuff. Know your 1688 and other docs. Educate anyone you meet, in a gentle way, in the context of the discussion, otherwise it’s preaching. And so on. There are ways [because they’ve worked in the past] to bring the machine grinding to a halt – all legal, all within our “rights” and all with a view to going back to a pre-socialist society and in that sense, we are the loyalists.
Task 1: Get the document written, building on Magna Carta and 1687 and disseminate it for discussion. Have constitutional conventions, public meetings [3 people at first but later 1000s];
Task 2: Begin the campaign on this concrete document and when it becomes civil war against the powers of repression [the leftist PTB of the moment and it is they who will start this, not us], then it goes through the well-worn stages;
Task 3: Tweak the document, have the Declaration of 2012 or whatever and we have a new/old land starting up again.
But for us as a thinktank here, as writers,Task 1 is the main concern – get the bloody document written, so we’ve something to focus on and everyone can feel secure that that is what we are actually fighting for. If we don’t write one, the socialists will and in fact have – Lisbon.
Let’s not just bemoan that we don’t have a written constitution – let’s start writing one. We need a group of seven or eight writers in a room together to start doing that.
This is the silly season in blogging – a good time to begin.