Monday, 25 February 2013

Democratic leaders are neither "demo-" nor "-cratic"

Stop referring to politicians as "leaders." The concept of a leader contradicts the concept of a democracy... they have nothing to do with each other. The whole essence of the democratic system is the absence of leaders. The entire system was invented by the Greeks so they could finally get rid of their "leaders." In the words "monarchy" and "oligarchy", the second element arche (ἀρχή) means "rule", or "to lead." Hey, you wouldn't happen to know who was the leader of Athens around 500 b.c, would you? Of course not, because there was none! Because they were a democracy! That's right, they didn't have presidents, nor prime ministers. True democracy is direct, not representative. 

There are only three activities in which you can have leaders, in sports, religion and in battle. So unless your democratic "leader" is holding a rugby ball, a lightning bolt or an AK47 then stop wasting my time with this bullshit and try to pay attention to the language we've all agreed on.

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