Democracy will destroy civilisation

Democracy is seen as the pinnacle poster boy for all of our species struggles for freedom and fairness.

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKWith millennia of previous generations before us, bereft of a voice, or any rights we take for granted in our modern world, the struggles and endurance of those that fought for our right to vote, was a dangerous and life-threatening thing to do.

Such sacrifices are still going on today, so the achievement of those countries that succeeded in a one-man, one vote system, cannot be understated.

With the world a segmented, but substantial democratic country, you would think it was the utopian dream our forefathers had fought for. However, there is only one small teeny weeny problem caused by this democracy.

Democracy will destroy the biosphere and modern civilisation itself.

Decision-making on a planetary scale is impossible when you have 7 billion people to consult and approve first. The life-saving decisions needed to make as a species and as a civilisation is unable to be made when our politicians are looking no further than their next re-election.

Democracy in its purest form is an extreme version of decision-making by committee. As anyone with experience of representatives will tell you, this is a recipe for disaster with even the most basic of problems to solve.

The ability of humanity to address the broader issues of our time cannot and will not solve anything by asking elected governments to make the unpalatable choices, which are required to tackle the global heating and the up and coming energy problems. These are problems, just simmering under the surface of our everyday lives.

Democracies usefulness has over-reached a tipping point which now makes politics dangerous to humanity.

Consequences of this political showboating

The global droughts and subsequent food shortages are merely a page filler for our newspapers at the moment, but the real impact to real people will soon arrive.

Year after year of drought and agriculture failures will soon affect food availability.

Also, the rise of far eastern countries and its hunger for energy and resources will leave the world’s already plateauing oil reserves spluttering as our re-election priority governments, attempt to restart the engines of commerce with very little fuel in the tanks.

As our politicians celebrate that Land Rover are going into 24-hour production to supply the Chinese people with even more tools to heat up the planet and drink the last of the oil reserves faster, you have got to think, hang on, is nobody looking at the bigger picture here.

The answer of course is yes, the issues of our time are well known to everyone, from our politicians down to primary school children. If nothing did, ordinary people could only wait every four years to express their opinions en masse, and when this time has come, you won’t see Turkey’s voting in favour of Christmas.

The “more of what we know” politics is why the United Kingdom’s two largest political parties look like twins without the same clothing. Absolutely nothing between them except their outer colours and another four years went by without any required action.

For these reasons, we will see in most our lifetimes, the collapse of the marine diversity and vast swathes of land-based biodiversity.

Essential home heating and transportation cost and even food will gradually become unaffordable to the poor and lower-middle classes, causing social unrest across the globe.

The basics and fabrics of our modern civilisation will begin to tear, like a proverbial rope snapping in a Hollywood movie.

With necessary change unlikely to be voted in, with 7 billion people all fighting for survival in a post-oil age world, earth’s prognosis and the biodiversity we have enjoyed and benefited from, maybe terminal.

But at least when the time comes, we can all say:

“We voted for this”.

"Light is life."

Stuart Lovatt 2012-08-22