Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Theft of Memory (3)

Democracy is opposed to revolutions. The reason behind the opposition is that in a revolution by the masses, it is not the throngs of power that decide where hypocrisy and degradation are emanating from.

Democracy is a dictatorship of parties that pretend to oppose each other for the sake of creating the illusion of balance between power and the oppressed. The reality is that democracy does not present an unrestricted choice.

Democracy usurps memory by presenting elections as the only just way for power to assume its dictatorship. In the nation's quest to assert its conditioned opinion, many do not realise that elections are a tool used by democracy to relegate revolutions to a vague, outdated term. Elections are portrayed by people in power as the means for the citizens to assert their opinion. When people protest and refuse to take part in such mediocre practices, we get the rhetoric of 'the electorate is not acting upon its given right to choose a government'.

The people who refuse to vote are the revolutionaries who do not accept concessions as rights. Revolutionaries do not compromise in order to allow power to extend its dominion over their intellect.

Revolutionaries do not wait for parliament to lament about bad policies and disgusting governance. They have the power of memory and intellect to decide all that for themselves, because they are the ones who clung tenaciously to the relation between language and memory.

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