Not really democracies.

You may have read that Rishi Sunak has called for a snap UK election for July 4th. If you look carefully at the CNN explanation, you'll note that its author is not really telling you anything. This is the "least bad time" to call an election or something. That's nonsense, because how would anyone know that? The ABC News explanation is not really any better. He's trying to "take the bull by the horns." Also no. You would think the current government in the UK would either 1) do something substantive to win election between now and the end of the year (when they would be required to call an election) or 2) try to hold onto power as long as possible. But Sunak's approach is neither of these.

Well, as it appears, the UK, as well as many of the governments of Europe, and of course the United States, is not really a democracy. There is of course a fairly-sized list of people who control America. The Fortune 500, the Pentagon, the police forces, the alphabet agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA), the super-rich, the think tanks, Ivy League schools, Dem/ Rep parties, those people really control America. The rest of us are their rubes. Elections do not change this, though it's not as if anyone in the US has actually tried to do so by, for instance, voting 3rd party or anything like that. Thus we must conclude that elections are only for show. I'm sure it's the same in France, Germany, and so on.

At any rate, when there isn't really a democracy, how does it devolve? Revolutions, uprisings, civil war, actual war. Early modernity in Europe, pre-elections Europe, the era of kings and queens, was a period of constant warfare. There's no reason to believe that anything has changed, as the various "settlements" (the Congress of Vienna, the League of Nations, the UN and so on) were only temporary expedients.

Today we have Alastair Crooke, perhaps a bit on the pessimistic side, but a realist:

At any rate, the constant warfare thing appears to be going nuclear, and the decision, typical of a non-democracy, has already been made. Rishi Sunak is calling for a snap election because he doesn't want to be part of a nuclear war which he will very likely lose. So he has decided to lose an election instead. Keir Starmer will be the force engineering the UK's defeat in the upcoming war.

So if the governments are not democracies, what we can expect next are calls to overthrow them. The first call to overthrow the non-democracies of the West will come from Vladimir Putin -- he is, after all, the world's most secure individual.

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earthling1's picture

The most powerful man on earth!
I have taken the meme away from every POTUS in recent memory.
That felt sooo good.

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Neither Russia nor China is our enemy.
Neither Iran nor Venezuela are threatening America.
Cuba is a dead horse, stop beating it.

usefewersyllables's picture

invitation to his people to pick a new figurehead to "lead" them into nuclear annihilation, so that he can flee to his bunker ahead of time...

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

earthling1's picture

@usefewersyllables
He has upgraded the old Soviet public bombshelters all over the country (all eleven time zones wide) has stocked them with fresh provisions.
Do you know where your closest public fallout shelter is?
Since the UKs Sunak is bailing out with the snap election July 4th, and the royals have gone on holiday to parts unknown, could you be projecting?

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Neither Russia nor China is our enemy.
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usefewersyllables's picture

@earthling1

I was cynically referring to Sunak, not Putin. I'm well aware of the flight of the Royals.

However, I do know exactly where my nearest fallout shelter is. It is one square meter of sidewalk, whereever I am. This is so that I can become one with the fireball, right away. When I get the warning, I'm going to go outside and get it over with in the first 20 milliseconds or so of the exchange: no waiting.

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@usefewersyllables
Thought you were referring to Putin.
Sunpak is a coward and now the British know it.

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Cassiodorus's picture

conveyed by Dmitry Orlov:

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"Russia’s allies have massive manufacturing capacities for key munitions that dwarf anything the West will be capable of in the next decade or more."-- Simplicius

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"Russia’s allies have massive manufacturing capacities for key munitions that dwarf anything the West will be capable of in the next decade or more."-- Simplicius

@Cassiodorus
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is a trap from which there is no exit
scary stuff

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