DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
Again about a new political paradigm
November 4 2005
When “nearly 600 million Asian children under the age of 18 lack access to either food, safe drinking water, health or shelter”. (“Growing up in Asia” by Child Aid Organisation PLAN) something is fundamentally wrong. The present political leaders are not capable to solve this inhuman problem on a short time. They are guided by a wrong political paradigm.
A new political paradigm will inspire people to look at old problems with new ideas, from new angles and with new energy.
The most famous change of a scientific paradigm
was caused by Copernicus.
In the political world a change in paradigm often accelerated the development of humanity.
The French Revolution was propelled forward by the idea of Freedom, Equality and Fraternity. After the old regime was chased away by the activity of the masses, the new regime soon abolished the new paradigm and restored the elitist society. The masses remained subordinated and the energy of the masses remained contained by the rules of the top.
Russian Revolution was also based on the idea of equality
expressed in the idea that the workers should reign the future
society. In reality a small group (a vanguard) took power and in the Soviet Union a new elite came in power.
The most important question is therefore not how a new political paradigm can be formulated but how this new paradigm can activate people and inspire them as the driving force that will pull humanity from the present day morass. And also how this paradigm can prevent any restoration of old situations and regimes.
In short the paradigm must destroy all elements in political thought that belong to the realm of the old paradigm. Otherwise a new kind of society in which all people live on the same world and have the same status will never be reached. Hierarchical organisations as political parties and trade unions must not be allowed to play a role in the struggle because they belong to the old paradigm and they cannot distance themselves from ideas that were the reason for their existence.
Any new political paradigm that is in flagrant opposition to the present ideas will have enough impact to cause a fundamental change. One of these ideas could be that any decision should give an important contribution to the abolishment of poverty in general and the disappearance of the deprivation of children of the four basic needs as mentioned above in particular. (see also the 65th Letter)
To get an
idea what this new political paradigm could mean for the present
world I give some examples.
Political discussions are not guided by the demand for a decent life for all children. But all attention should be directed on the most important problem that is formulated by the new political paradigm. Less important problems will have to wait for a solution.
way the idea of giving children a decent life is only an example.
Many more political paradigms can help people to take new roads to
get a higher kind of life and a new world we now cannot imagine.
Because it cannot be that the present miserable situation in the
world will continue to exist in the next ten, twenty, fifty or
But the central question is as always, HOW can the new world be reached.
convinced that a new paradigm that is connected to life, to living
humans, to the activity and creativity of masspeople will have a
tremendous impact on people. But most present political ideas are
too abstract, are too far away from the daily life of common people,
are not giving any hope on a different future. The new political
paradigm must open the possibility that the life of the present
living human beings will already change on the road towards that new
There exists a deep difference between the life of elitepeople and masspeople. Elitepeople are heavily influenced by their environment and leaders will in the first place try to continue the division of the world in two parts. Then they can continue their privileged life – what happens to the rest of the people is of lesser importance. The masses cannot undertake much action in the present situation because they are time and again led by people who also want to climb up to the eliteworld. The leaders of the Russian Revolution, the anti-colonial revolutions or the resistance in Iraq differ not much from the leaders that be. When a resistance succeeds leaders will have it always better than the people who sacrificed their life to reach that so-called new world. The masses were in the end always cheated by leaders. Though the massworld sometimes also improved, the eliteworld improved much more and the differences between elite and masses became bigger.
conclusion seems fairly clear.
But this new political paradigm can already now inspire masspeople to reach new heights. When they are active in their demands for a better life for all people they will see that that can only be reached when some people lose some of their privileges. In other words when the eliteworld where the privileged live, will come closer to the massworld were the deprived children live.
world will only be possible when elitepeople cannot anymore live
their present privileged and secluded life because masspeople
have invaded the eliteworld.
In the end both kinds of people will change and they will look at the world with different eyes as before. They will have undergone a revolutionary change after which all will be different and new solutions will be found for questions and problems that now seem to be impossible to solve.
the new political paradigm will have changed the world.
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