First written in 2010, and repeated several times since,
Perhaps it is just age, perhaps it is a souciant cynicism or perhaps I am reading the signs aright.
For much of Homo Sapiens’ existence, the species has not had liberty. Economically the early families and tribes could not afford it. Then the tribes and the nations had to band under a leader for protection against other tribes and nations. The leaders varied in their character but the most successful were always ruthless.
Then, about 300 years ago, an idea appeared. Based upon a failed experiment in ancient Greece a new system of governance was attempted. Democracy.
And it seemed to work. At least the leaders were accountable at regular intervals. Accountable to the general populace.
Or were they? Or has the real leadership gone into hiding and is now playing with the elected leadership as puppeteers play with their toys? Feeding them three word slogans instead of policies for the good of the people.
Liberty has been a short-lived heroine. She is dying today, as she did in ancient Greece. To find the killers, follow the money and the influence.
Yes, Rupert Murdoch. I am looking at you!
You and your masters!