May 1 2007
"The newly-rich middle class is retreating rapidly in its own
private world of private schools, private transport, private water
and private electricity" (Hindustan Times April 13 2007).
Those people "who live in a world of air-conditioned offices and
state-of-the-art-gadgetry" are different from masspeople "who belong
to the world of the second-class train traveller, the two-km trek to
a school and the long queues for water."
The highest Indian elite lives an even more exclusive life. In a
developing country like India elite- and massworld can be clearly
distinguished. But also the Western world is divided in two
parts, a safe and prosperous eliteworld and an often harsh
When masspeople acknowledge that there are two worlds, their
political activity will change. So-called democratic actions
(including elections) improve the life of masspeople only a little
while the big differences between elite and masses continue to
exist. They will more and more use Direct Action against
those elitepersons who regulate the subordination of the majority of
humans that live in the massworld.
The first and most important goal of the leading elite is the
preservation of the private and superior eliteworld. What happens to
the masses is of minor importance. The elitist goal can be made less
attractive when the superior eliteworld becomes less attractive,
when elitepersons realise they cannot anymore live the comfortable
life they lived before. Therefore actions should not be carried out
in the working sphere of leaders but in their living sphere.
Democracy only has influence in the massworld. The elite escapes any
democratic regulations in its own world with its own schools,
houses, electricity, water, art, hotels, transport, holiday places
By invading the eliteworld masspeople can bring the situation nearer
in which elitepeople cannot live anymore in an exclusive, separate
and prosperous eliteworld.
Then the road is open to a united world, a New World in which all
people will have equal status, a New World in which all people
will have the same power.
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis