Democracy

In order for democracy to function properly, one of its requirements is that the electorate have sufficient knowledge of all candidates running for any given political office. So what percentage of the modern public goes out of their way to research all competing candidates instead of just passively swallowing the political propaganda in the news and in the universities in small increments over time? Not enough.

It stands to reason that if suffrage is a vital human right, it follows that there should be a mandate that the citizen have a healthy knowledge of each candidate. Not only should the citizen know that, but he should have a solid understanding of economics, history, and the political process. What percentage of the public is defined by these attributes?

 

 

Racism and Idealism

I have a theory: it’s possible that the white “racism” observed by non-white people is falsely rooted. I believe this “institutional racism” they perceive is in fact a misconception characterized by the failure to recognize the commonality among all peoples: struggle is a basic part of life. My assertion is that what blacks or brown people might perceive as white racism is merely a misdirected interpretation of the basic struggles of life or the “eternal struggle” as Hitler referred to it which leaves no group untainted. When times bring the black man down or when times bring down the brown man, there seems to be no shortage of people in media and education ready to indirectly convince them that white people play a crucial part in their problems. I think, in turn, many non-white people begin to attribute their novel problems to whiteness in some significant way. I say this because for most of my life, I did not think in terms of race or color, and yet during that time of my life, there was a very real animosity directed against me by non-whites.

In fact, as we go through our lives, we encounter difficult obstacles but often make the mistake of thinking that no one else is going through the same thing. The individual might be inclined to think that “nobody else could understand me,” or that “everybody else is happy, why does it seem like I’m the only one who isn’t?” Now, does it matter if someone else is dealing with the same problem that you’re going through? It does. It means that we individuals often have a common foe. What surprises me so much, despite living in the so-called “information age,” is how rarely we come together as a group to tackle common problems we individuals suffer from and how often we would rather deal with our problems on our own. As an example: many people struggle with social problems. Why haven’t people come together as a group and analyzed the social and sexual needs of all individuals within the population to create a system that serves to improve the social situation of at least most of the population, if not all its members?

This brings me to the media. By media, I mean all of its forms in our culture. The media is not just an agency with bias that serves to fulfill a political agenda, as some wiser people would believe, but in fact, it is a giant roadblock in the way of collective human progress. The media facilitates the role of a roadblock not necessarily by publishing a biased article, but instead by choosing not to say certain things, certain things that need to be said, certain things that need to be heard by the population in a given situation.

What is the best societal system and what is the best structure of power in which all people’s wants and needs are satisfied to mathematically maximum and optimum levels? To this question, I do not know the answer. From a hypothetical mathematical perspective, undoubtedly our nation leaves room for functional improvement in satisfying all areas: commerce, trade, culture, space exploration, wealth distribution, individual happiness, sexual satisfaction, individual and collective achievement and technological advancement. Looking back to history for answers such as looking at medieval times, we recognize the aristocrats, kings and nobles who ruled over the impoverished peasants in feudal authority. Surely, this feudalism can neither be the most mathematically optimum way we should collectively live. I suppose the question of an ideal nation raises another question: if we have failed to create a hypothetically and mathematically ideal society in the past, is humankind even capable of sustaining such a perfect system now? Does our failure in creating a utopia in the past mean the system in which we currently live is the best we can do?

The London Terror Attack

Today, we read in the news that four people have been killed in London, England by a middle-eastern assailant, three of whom were killed by a vehicle and the fourth, a policeman, stabbed to death. In the recent articles written about the event, it is frequently mentioned that “ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack on its propaganda platform, Amaq News Agency.”

Supporting article here: Isil claims responsibility

However, there is one concerning detail about this: the authenticity of the amaq news agency is extremely difficult to verify.

Upon researching “amaq news agency” through google, one of the top search results is a link to the following page: 5 Things to Know about Amaq News Agency , which basically explains that members of the public cannot download nor access the amaq news agency app.

So in other words: the media is claiming that ISIS is responsible for the London terrorist attack based on a message, which we cannot verify, that was posted on a terrorist organization’s android app, which we cannot download, an app that is only available to members of ISIS through invite only and somehow the media are the only people who have unrestricted access to it. That’s too convenient.

What is the media hiding? This would suggest in fact that there is no amaq news agency. Which, in turn, would suggest that ISIS claiming responsibility for the attacks in London never really happened. This would also question the validity of other attacks for which ISIS has reportedly taken responsibility. This would also draw into question the true culpability of ISIS in general. Does ISIS even exist? What is really going on here?

Rob Ford

Rob Ford won his mayoral election because he was a populist: a large number of people supported him. So when the media railed against him every day, they were completely delusional in thinking they accurately represented the views of the majority of Canadians. Whenever the media takes up a stance that is so obviously contrary to public opinion, they are only discrediting themselves. The Canadian mainstream media wasn’t just anti-Rob Ford. The media by being anti-Rob Ford being was anti-Canadian. They did it out of a hatred for Canadians. Those who run the Canadian mainstream media do not want Canadians to be properly represented by their politicians. Rob Ford represented the better part of Toronto.

What exactly did Rob Ford do to anyone that was so bad? He got rid of the vehicle registration tax and privatized garbage pick up in the east wing. Does anybody even care about these issues, let alone care about them enough to hate a person over it? I have never met in real life one person who dislikes Rob Ford.

The media held Rob Ford to a ridiculously high standard. Sure, he didn’t fullfill all of his promises. Was Rob Ford superman? No, of course not. Who exactly are we comparing him to? He was awful compared to whom? Olivia Chow? As if she could run the city better than Rob Ford. John Tory? The only decent thing he has done in his term is legalized Uber.

The media dumped on Rob Ford every day as if these dumb reporters could do a better job in running the largest city in Canada than the elected mayor. As Obama said, “grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office” if you think you can do a better job. I believe the main reason the media hated Rob Ford so much was because of the fact that he wasn’t corrupt.

He wasn’t a bad guy. He was a good guy. If you met him in person, you might even like him, but he was portrayed as a villain. He didn’t deserve the mistreatment that he got from the media and he didn’t deserve to die.