Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Democracy no longer fit for purpose - Club of Rome

Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution -

"Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything and it is unaware of its own limits. These facts must be faced squarely. Sacrilegious though this may sound, democracy is no longer well suited for the tasks ahead. The complexity and the technical nature of many of today's problems do not always allow elected representatives to make competent decisions at the right time".


This is the biggest red herring since herrings came into being! Parliamentary democracy is and has always been about defining the moral and social parameters within which technocrats must operate. Just because one does not know how a computer is engineered or the nuts and bolts of supersonic flight, atom bombs, robotics, astro- physics or neurology does not mean one is unfit to make decisions or pass laws apertaining to them.

The role of leadership is to seek expert advice and obtain recommendations, analyse the pros and cons and make decisions. No one person can possibly be an expert in everything anymore than an engineer, a scientist, brain surgeon or a wine taster can. Was John F Kennedy an astronaut or a rocket engineer? No, but that did not stop him sending a man to the moon!

It would be an absolute disaster to allow a bunch of technocrats with their own agendas and prejudices to form policies without reference to a democraticaly elected body! Technocrats are no less prone to the temptations of power and dictatorship than anyone else. The Club of Rome is amongst them and has its own agenda to take over the world and the arrogance to believe they should.

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