'In a general way, Marx’s socialism (communism) as a political programme may be most quickly defined, from the Marxist standpoint, as the complete democratization of society, not merely of political forms. But the democratic movement of the 19th century began by putting the struggle for advanced political forms in the forefront; & so did Marx, in a different programmatic context. For Marx, the fight for democratic forms of government – democratization in the state – was a leading edge of the socialist effort; not its be-all & end-all but an integral part of it all.' - Hal Draper (marxists.org).
Most of us are old enough to remember the time when Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr/Jr, Tony Blair etc began 'exporting democracy' around the Middle East, but how many are aware that it was the Middle Easterners that brought democracy to us northern Europeans? '.....It was all made up of workman, craftsman, who recognised each other by certain secret signs.....there were apprentices, there were craftsmen & there was masters of the work......Christian, Muslim, Jew were all bound together by the great guilds into which they were initiated, these guilds created there own world, they created their own co-operatives, they had their own way of taking care of the widows & the afflicted, they took care of the sick, they brought their own physicians, they did everything & they created their own form of government which we call today democracy & that democracy began within the structure of the guilds....it was up to the community to supply these men with a lambskin apron & a pair of gloves' - Manly Hall.
Thus was the situation within the Medieval Guilds who built the great cathedrals of Europe, these were made up of masons, artisans & craftsmen mostly from Southern Europe & the Levant, North Africa & so on. The system of democratic government however, goes back a further 1500yrs to Classical Greece. It began with the Athenians in the late 6th Cen BC & lasted on & off for the next 200yrs. Under the umbrella of democratic rule, the Athenians built an autocratic empire around the Mediterranean (200yrs before Rome), embarked upon war upon war with fellow Greek & foreigner alike, ending only with it's defeat to Sparta, condemned it's greatest son Socrates to death & sent his disciples, including Plato into exile. I think they carved a few statues & wrote a few plays as well but that's by the by.
By no means were all Greeks proponents of democracy, including Plato who was scathing of it, as were most of the Greek Philosophers. Plato likened it to a boat embarking on a perilous voyage with nothing but bakers, schoolteachers & the like for the crew, & that metaphor applies today, as most politicians have never studied politics before entering it. Only a minority percentage of Athenians were eligible to participate in Athenian democracy, women weren't allowed, neither were slaves, nor foreign residents & it was always top-heavy laden with Aristocrats, much the same as the Knights Templar & the democracies of today. The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1961) writes; 'Ancient democracy was not only compatible with slavery, it presupposed slavery, which alone permitted the necessary leisure for the citizens to devote themselves to public affairs. It recognised the equality of citizens, but failed to develop a general concept of the equality of all mankind.'
However, it was from the ancient Egyptian priesthood that the Greeks received their democratic (& philosophic) ideals, it did not originate with them. The Greek 'Lawgiver' & statesman Solon is known to have visited Egypt & returned to Greece with a new code of laws that laid the foundation for democracy. Pythagoras, Democritus, Plato & many other Greeks visited Egypt where according to Manly Hall they were initiated into the Rites of Isis, all returning home to begin teaching new specialised branches of learning. Moreover, Hall hypothesises in his 'Greek & Egyptian Accounts Of Atlantis' lecture that the Egyptians received their culture from the Atlanteans, however it was only because Atlantis was a highly socialised/democratised kingdom that it & the Egyptians were able to build their empires.
Hall believed the Pyramids to be 1000's of years older than what archeologists are telling us they are & because no contemporaneous culture can be found matching the technology & skill needed to build these edifices, Hall implies that whoever built them must have had been highly civilised, & that was not the case in Egypt at the time, the pyramid-like ziggurats of Babylonia are dated as much older than the the complex at Giza & A. Wallace Budge, a noted British Egyptologist has the Babylonian astronomers observing the heavens for more than 25,000yrs......All this may seem irrelevant, but it has the utmost significance to those who preside over democracies, because they believe it was the preferred governmental system of the successful kingdoms of antiquity & is the main reason there's all the kerfuffle over Plato's account of Atlantis.....whether any of it is true or not is anyone's guess.
'World democracy was the secret dream of the great classical philosophers. Towards the accomplishment of this greatest of all human ends they outlined programs of education, religion & social conduct directed to the ultimate achievement of a practical & universal brotherhood.'
- Manly Hall
In 'The Politics', Aristotle wrote of what he believed democracy to be; 'A democracy exists whenever those who are free & are not well off, being in the majority, are in sovereign control of the government, an oligarchy when control lies with the rich & better off, these being in the few.'
The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1961) states; 'There is some evidence that democratic theories of politics were well developed at the time [Classical Greece], anticipating many of the ideas put forth by the utilitarians, the social contract theorists & other exponents of modern democratic thought from the 17th Cen on.' By utilitarians & social contract theorists they mean Rosicrucians (see; http://www.midnightfreemasons.org/2012/08/the-masonic-philosophy-of-george_29.html). The democratic ideals of 'Liberté, égalité, fraternité' (see; http://www.ushistory.org/gov/1d.asp) found it's greatest expression in the Elders of Zion/Illuminati work of the French Revolution, although the French citizens themselves are as yet to feel the full force of it's benevolence, maybe these things take time I don't know.
'Politics & religion
Unlike the Anglo-Masonic Grand Lodges (especially those affiliated to the United Grand Lodge of England), the Grand Orient of France allows the discussion of political issues & religion in lodge. The Grand Orient itself takes political positions on certain moral issues. It sees as one of its missions protecting the principles of liberty, equality & fraternity (this also being the motto of the French Republic & the GODF). In addition, it expects its members who hold a public office to fight for its values. in order to forward its stated purpose of exerting an influence on ideas, the Grand Master holds regular talks with elected representatives, including the Prime Minister.'
'The present democracies are the direct outgrowth of Rosicrucian efforts to liberate the maws from the domination of despotism....The Rosicrucians were also the instigators of the French Revolution....'
- Manly Hall ('The Secret Teachings Of All Ages' 1928).
'[Sir Walter] Raleigh was a member of a secret society or body of men who were already moving irresistibly forward under the banner of democracy, & for that affiliation he died a felon's death.'
- Manly Hall (Rosicrucian & Masonic Origins 1928).
As for Marx & Engels, in the Communist Manifesto (1848) they write: 'We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle for democracy.'
'The Communist Manifesto had already proclaimed the struggle for the general franchise, for democracy, as one of the first & most important tasks of the militant proletariat . . .'
Engels - 'Introduction to Class Struggles in France' (1895)
& we know Lenin stated; 'democracy is indispensable to socialism'.
'It was necessary to put an end to that abnormal situation. & to do this it was necessary to sum up the actual victories the Party had achieved over the opportunist Central Committee, the victories which fill the history of our Party's internal development during the whole of the past year. & so the London Congress summed up all these victories of revolutionary Social-Democracy & sealed the victory by adopting the tactics of that section of Social-Democracy.'
- From 'The London Congress of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party' (June 20 & July 10, 1907) Attended by Lenin, Trotsky & Stalin.
Furthermore; 'According to Lenin, socialism & democracy are indivisible.... The essence of perestroika lies in the fact that it unites socialism with democracy & revives the Leninist concept of socialist construction both in theory & in practice. We want more socialism &, therefore, more democracy.'
- Mikhail Gorbachev
Here's the one of the UK's favourite socialist sons, aristocrat Tony Benn's thoughts on the issue;
'the UK is only superficially governed by MPs & the voters who elect them. Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact. If the British people were ever to ask themselves what power they truly enjoyed under our political system they would be amazed to discover how little it is'.
'The Communist party will not field candidates in the general election for first time in almost a century after suggesting Jeremy Corbyn will help achieve its "revolutionary" aims. The party's general secretary said communists would provide support on the ground for Mr Corbyn, who is a long-term supporter of the movement' - The Daily Telegraph
So what can we glean with certainty about democracy from the above?
1. Most of the ancient Greek philosphers despised it including Plato, who said it was corrupt & led to tyranny.
2. We live in an oligarchy, not a democracy according to Aristotle.
3. It was re-introduced into Europe by the Mystery Schools, via the Medieval Guilds, secret societies etc for the purpose of bringing down the established social structures;
'New ways of perceiving God & man is what led humanity out of the dark ages & bring forth the Rosicrucian & enlightenment movements. The Masons of the enlightenment era believed it was God’s will that they give birth to democracy & the end of the feudal system. They believed Masonry was a tool for social change & social justice'
'Midnight Freemasons ' by James E Frey, 32°
4. The peoples who are given this democracy are termed a 'murderous agency' by those who gave it them.
5. It's a by-word for socialism according to socialism's greatest thinkers.
6. It's bent & it's a sham, people can effect no influence on the running of this 'system' whatsoever.
It seems Plato in his 'Republic', has unwittingly shown the would be tyrant the process whereby they may ascertain political supremacy. No wonder it holds Bible-like status in elitist circles. My own personal opinion is that the modern exponents of the Mysteries are NOT true to it's original practitioners, such as Plato, Plotinus etc. I do not think for one minute that any pupil of Socrates would endorse seeing their teachers method of deconstructive argument used in such a manner as it's practiced in courtrooms & state chambers around the globe today. Socrates was merely allowing whoever it was he was speaking to, to prove to themselves how little they actually knew about the subject under discussion, thus he was attempting to raise the intellect of whoever it was he was talking to as opposed to stunt it. Moreover, can it be coincidence that the two political parties in America are named after the system that spawned the Athenian, Macedonian then Roman Empires (Democrats) & the ideal utopian state of Plato the philosopher (Republicans)?
More than any profession I know, the modern day politician has the worst reputation for being a liar. How many people expect the political parties to keep their election pledges? How many actually know what they are talking about? This in itself should tell us there's something terribly wrong with democracy, but then, most election pledges are hardly ever worth a flying fuck anyhow......& no matter who gets in, whoever does will ensure we maintain 1000's of families of Aristocrats in multiple, luxurious mansions, with vast estates (don't worry guys it's all on us!), we are always at war with people who can't fight back (especially in the Middle East), that the displaced refugees from these war-torn areas flood our cities, whereupon they immediately attach themselves to the benefit system of our 'Welfare State', the security services receive billions to lock down the police state.....& that the price of goods & services are always on the up.
'Two forms of government are favourable to the prevalence of falsehood & deceit. Under a Despotism men are false, treacherous, & deceitful through fear, like slaves dreading the lash. Under a Democracy, they are so as a means of attaining popularity & office, & because of the greed for wealth.' - Albert Pike.
There are certain points with which I agree with the Mysteries, one is Manly Hall's insistence that people should be trained from a young age in politics if they are to enter that profession, Plato recommended something along the same lines. Under this democracy anybody can walk in off the street & be our representative in parliament. In Scotland, a man named John Finnie has proposed to that parliament that it implements an outright ban on parents smacking their child & it's to be taken up.....by the rest of the UK, not just Scotland. On his Wikipedia page, it lists this mans profession as 'policeman'. So this unqualified, glorified bank-bailiff is to go down in history as the man who took away the parents right to chastise their child in the UK. Yet in response to articles such as these regarding the electrocution of the electorate; 'Police officers used Taser stun guns at a rate of 30 times a day last year, figures show. They were used on 11,294 occasions last year, up 9% on 2015.' - guardian.com. Mr Finnie said, 'I will write to Police Scotland seeking assurances that the deployment policy implemented in 2014 will be maintained & that armed police should only be used in firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life'. & who determines that threat??? It means these jumped up goons can roam the streets killing defenceless mothers with electronic weaponry & impunity if they see them disciplining their own child. Most magnanimous of the SMP for the Highlands & Islands to be seeking assurances from people who don't give a DAMN about him or his constituents sentiments.
Actually, what I should have said there is 'theoretically', anyone can walk in off the street & become an M.P. because in reality it doesn't work like that at all judging by the calibre of some of these slick operators who take their seats in the House Of 'Commons', they will be well vetted & even trained from birth some of them to fulfil a role. Take the 'Coalition' triumvirate of David Cameron, Nick Clegg & George Osborne who oversaw the process whereby the UK populace sleepwalked into a ruse taking them out of the EU (Brexit)..........all three are Nobility. All three (relatively young men) have since left politics.
A bit about the Queen. As of 2017 the Queen is to receive an extra £6million public funds a year, that's ONE PERSON. In 2015 she was known to be worth £340m & that's just her known income from public funds as her private income is never published so she is known to be worth much, much more through the business enterprises of her many estates, properties, land etc, Ascot racecourse for one. Her most famous residence is the grand 'Buckingham Palace', this huge edifice is to receive a £369m refurbishment this year, all paid for by the public. This is just the Queen, there are dozens in her immediate family alone, all of whom require similar funding.....'The Queen is about to get more expensive, after MPs voted to increase the Sovereign Grant paid to her by the British Treasury. She'll receive £82.2m in 2018-19, equivalent to £1.25 per British person.' - BBC News.
Careful choosing on election day.
Update: The election was won by the Conservative Party (blue), with Labour (red) coming in second. Here's a chart of who won what & where.
The chart to the right is of UK population density, see any patterns?
'It would be fair to say Theresa May & Frida Kahlo occupy opposing ideological positions. While Theresa May is the leader of the Conservative Party, Kahlo was a fervent communist. But this stark political dissonance did not stop the British Prime Minister from choosing to wear a gigantic Frida Kahlo bracelet to her crucial Conservative Party conference speech on Wednesday. Nevertheless, viewers were quick to point out the irony in Ms May endorsing the radical Mexican painter who had an affair with Soviet politician & Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky.....Kahlo, who is the most popular & recognisable Mexican artist in the world, joined the Mexican Communist Party in 1927. There she met her husband & celebrated muralist Diego Rivera & was thrust headfirst into a tight-knit circle of activists & artists. Kahlo, who is famed for her self-portraits, was known for decorating her corsets with hammer & sickles. She was even laid to rest under a Communist flag when she died.'