This one is from a response over at Bitch | Lab's. and is a sort of companion piece to this earlier post. like I bin saying: this is a work in progress.
...I've said it before and I’ll say it again: if you are writing off huge chunks of the populace as hopeless “sheeple” (god i hate that term), whatever movement it is you’re creating– to whatever degree it actually succeeds, by definition, it will -not- be small-d-democratic.
because if the majority of people are "morons," *and* we’re concerned with making things “better” for “everyone,” well, assuming we actually want to -accomplish- anything and not just sit around and bitch about it, that’s gonna have to mean there must be a chosen few who know better than everyone else.
bzzt. game over. you’ve already lost.
this is why political movements/leaders that have that tacit belief -and- have hierarchy and authoritarianism built right into the ideology are much more successful than their supposedly more liberal/progressive counterparts and always will be. at least in establishing power. the actual maintenance of the golden “thousand-year reich” is another question, of course, but by the time those problems become evident to everybody, the jackboots are pretty firmly locked on their necks.
point being, though: if you believe you and yours are actually better/smarter/more fit to rule than anyone else, and generally despise most of humanity, frankly your work’s gonna be a lot more straightforward if you simply say so up front. you attract the sort of people who also want Strong Leader and everyone in their place; and the well-oiled machine starts to run.
If you -don’t- want that kind of structure, then, I submit, you’d better look long and hard at your own feelings about your fellow critters before taking on the mantle of leadership.
because the -most radical revolutionaries- have always been the ones who -genuinely- loved people. in all their faults and imperfections. even through their own grief and anger. love. unconditionally.
many talk that talk, but only a very very few actually walk that walk.
if, like most of us, you’re not able to go that far, in your heart of hearts, then (I submit) you can still be someone who’s working for positive change;
but, if you’re a “radical revolutionary” -and- you think that basically “most people are morons”–well, I for one don’t want any part of it.
which is why i am and for the time being remain a reformist, more or less.
because i can’t walk that walk, and until such time as i’m able to, if ever, i don’t want to be responsible for helping to install yet another round of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”