Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Blip: Modern politics and law

No matter how obvious it is to most people and no matter how trodden upon this ground is, the sheer underhanded deceit of politicians still surprises and disgusts me. Politicians and lawyers are disgusting wastes of people’s time, money and attention. Now before an angry, idiotic mob of the masses begin spewing the toxic, logic-free bilge of objections intended to paint my opinions as being opposed to politics and law in their most general senses, allow me to explain more fully:

Politics is fascinating, the idea of a doctrine or code governing how people should act, how people should be treated and should treat each other, the services that are available and the possible existence of a central government, including its roles within the populous, is a field worthy of lifelong study. From the early beginnings, back as far as Plato, all the way through the 2nd millennium monarchies, stirrings of non-governance in the form of Marxism (and the subsequent corruption of Leninism, Trotskyism and of course the ever-present Stalinism), and the wide array of current ideas and applications of these ideas of republics, democracies, Islamic run governments, constitutional monarchies and unitary parliamentary systems, all the way to present day despotisms and bizarre instances of socialisms, how we are governed has always been an issue of grave and vital importance that has sparked debate, controversy and extreme opposition of views.

By the same merit, the laws we live under, what is and isn’t accepted by a given society as acceptable and the relative morality of different times and place are all areas that have great impact on people’s lives and as such something we can’t simply forget about. What I’m talking about is the manipulators of politics and law, those who benefit from exploiting the loopholes and inconsistencies. It annoys me, for example, that when a politician is asked a ‘yes or no’ question and they answer without a definitive yes or no, we all just accept that that is what politicians do. Of course questions can be biased and sometimes both yes and no are incorrect but most of the time the question is something like “Is it true that employment has gone down under your administration?” and the answer tends to begin “Well let me just say this…”, “That isn’t the issue here” or “When my opponent was in charge”. That shouldn’t be tolerated. This is way Jeremy Paxman is so respected; he attacks them relentlessly with simple, honest questions and he won’t let them go until he gets an answer but it shouldn’t be that difficult.

Basically it’s because politicians are here to capitalise off of the nation’s misunderstandings of politics, the economy, the job market etc. They just want to look good for votes because votes = power and money. I know this is common knowledge but that’s my point; we all know this but do nothing. People know nothing of such advanced issues but are given an equal vote in something that affects it, that’s a fundamental problem with democracy; people do not deserve a vote inherently. Call me a tyrant if you want but consider this: On ‘8 out of 10 cats’, a topical news comedy panel show, Nicola Adams (an Olympic boxer) said that she gave a speech at the Conservative conference; she then produced a handful of names of MPs that she met there. The MPs she mentioned were Labour MPs because, as it turned out, she actually gave a speech at the Labour conference. She can’t tell the difference between our key parties, the left and the right, the proletariats and the bourgeois and yet she is given an equal vote; there are people out there who have studied British politics their whole lives, people who have in-depth working knowledge of the sectors involved and their vote counts for just as much as idiotic sports people’s. It’s this bizarre inconsistency – which I will be dealing with in a further post – that leads to politicians being such media fools rather than learned philanthropists.

As for law, the same applies. Law has come forward in line with social development for many years; this is because it’s the law that upholds and maintains social change. Modern culture doesn’t view law as the blanket of protection against being disadvantaged by the violent and the ambitious but rather as the device that allows you to take full benefit from falling over because of the corrupt system of suing anyone that steps in your path; lawyers are, of course, fully placed to help push us all into screwing over our fellow man for a bit of cash and they’ve developed a sense of morality and personality to go along with it.

This problem has ultimately been caused by the ‘doers’ of the world. The ‘thinkers’ make the progress, they come up with the new theories, they spearhead the inventions and educations; it’s the ‘doers’ that ruin it for the rest of us. Philosophy is not something you do, just as the application of politics and of law is a totally different spectrum from the far more important study of them. 

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