Most of us are old enough to remember 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 Arab nations, Syria, Persia, Egypt & 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 as well but that's by the by.
Plato was scathing of democracy, 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 can be applied 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.....so much the same as today then eh? 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.'
It goes on; '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/Illluminati 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.....Under the symbolism of an alchemical marriage, mediæval philosophers concealed the secret system of spiritual culture whereby they hoped to coordinate the disjecta membra of both the human & social organisms. Society, they maintained, was a threefold structure & had its analogy in the triune constitution of man, for as man consists of spirit, mind, & body, so society is made up of the church, the state, & the populace. The bigotry of the church, the tyranny of the state, & the fury of the mob are the three murderous agencies of society which seek to destroy Truth as recounted in the Masonic legend of Hiram Abiff.'
- Manly Hall (The Secret Teachings Of All Ages)
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'. 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 UK's favourite socialist of recent times, 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. It was re-introduced into Europe by the Mystery Schools, the Guilds, Rosicrucians etc for the purpose of bringing down the established social structures.
3. The peoples who were given this democracy are termed a 'murderous agency' by the people who gave it them.
4. It's a by-word for socialism according to socialism's greatest thinkers.
5. It's a sham, people can affect no influence on the running of this 'system' whatsoever.
It appears Plato in his 'Republic', has unwittingly shown the would be tyrant the process whereby they may ascertain political supremacy. No wonder it holds Biblical 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 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 trying to help as opposed to hinder friend or foe alike.
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? 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 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, that the displaced refugees from these war-torn areas flood our cities, the security services receive billions lock down the police state.....& that the price of goods are always on the up.
Careful choosing on election day.