When one looks at the media its increasingly hard not to be surprised about what nowadays has to pass for a ‘democracy’ in the news and in political debates. One wonders, have these people ever studied the entire system devised by the ancient Greeks and later on by Montesquieu? It’s as if they think just putting up some ballot boxes is really enough to call yourself a ‘democracy’. However, any educated person would know that the system thought out by our forefathers was much, much more complex and requires a decent Trias Politica to function: a government divided into different branches that operate independently and have a system of checks and balances in place to make sure one branch doesn’t dominate the others.
How tiring is it exactly to hear Erdogan present the idea of crushing minorities (”terrorists, looters, alcoholics, heretics”) as a principle of democracy? Everyone with even the slightest hint of education knows exactly the opposite is true: crushing minorities is not a democratic quality but rather a fascist one. Any government that has not a decent Trias Politica but rather a fake one should be labelled ‘fascist’ because without a Trias Politica that’s the only thing a government can essentially be: a banana republic.
The modern ‘Playstation’ version of democracy, however, seems to have forgotten all these complex issues our forefathers were so aware of. Democracy? Just some ballot boxes, and after that you can just do whatever the fuck you want, as long as you have a decent part of support. Habeas Corpus? Is that a new pizza flavor in the Walmart freezer department?
From Egypt to Turkey to Italy – you show me the proper system of checks and balances, and then start talking about ‘democracy’. We live in an age now where ‘secret service’ now means a bunch of guys reading everyones mail. That already is an impossibility in a Trias Politica: the only way such absurdity is possible is in the absence of a checks and balances system for government powers.
Hence, we just can no longer afford to use the word ‘democracy’ at all anymore, unless we seriously reinforce the Trias Politica on a global scale. It should be replaced by the word ‘ballotism’, a political system invented in 5 minutes by some overweight teen who never read a book in his entire lifetime and thinks of every leader as an ‘End Boss’ of the level he happens to be in. Erdogan, as the ‘End Boss’ of Turkey, surely does his utter best to look both as scary and as cartoonesque as is virtually possible.
Ballotism is a political system that is actually worse than fascism – simply because its so childish. You can’t even hear its proponents speak without losing your straight face. When an End Boss, the Ballotist equivalent of a President, calls half the country ‘terrorists’ you simply know that this evil End Boss does what he is designed for: be a tool for young adults to practice their button pressing skills on. Fortunately the Turkish youth are really apt at ducking this Bosses gassy breaths. What End Boss will they find on the next level? No one knows yet, but I think we can safely say that as long as Ballotism rules the country, it will be the intellectual equivalent of a simple computer game.
Martinus Benders, Mierlo, 07-07-2013