Every politician in the West and every newspaper is going to pay at least lip service to the idea of democracy – and how democracy needs to be defended from facism, religious extremism (that’s usually code for Islamism) and communism. The latter is somewhat appealing to some in the corporations because of its Chinese manifestation – which manages to combine government control with corporate capitalism.
However perhaps the threat to Western Liberal democracies comes not from without, but from within? There are signs of that in different ways – the intolerance of those who claim to be acting in the name of tolerance; the threats to free speech; corporate censorship, schools being used for social engineering and the turning of universities into monoversities where only one point of view is permitted. And there is the growing belief amongst the elites that they, and they alone, should be permitted to govern and make decisions on behalf of the rest of us. They are after all the ‘experts’, the ‘educated’ (indoctrinated?) and they should surely as such, have more say than the plebes – for ‘the good of society’.
They believe in democracy but only in the way that dictators do. You have plebiscites – where ordinary people vote – but only when you are sure of the results and the issue has been pre-determined. This is seen also in the kind of ‘consultations’ that for example the Scottish government has. The words are deceitful – they are not ‘consulting’ in order to determine whether something should be done or not – they are consulting in the sense that they are telling the relevant stakeholders what has already been determined.
After the Brexit vote some of the Guardianistas even suggested that some people should not be allowed to vote – or that their vote should count less – like the elderly. At the other extreme there have even been those who suggest that six year olds should be allowed to vote (after all they are far easier to influence).
When you have the Liberal Democracts applauding the return of Empire, the Scottish Nationalists wanting to remove those who don’t ‘share our values’, the EU removing Christianity from its constitution and history, the progressive Left defending the Islamofascism of Iran and other theocratic states – you know that something is going on.
This tendency towards technocracy or meritocracy rather than democracy was demonstrated in a letter in yesterdays’ Sydney Morning Herald . This was headlined –
The Revolution starts here, now.
“I think it’s time for a benevolent dictatorship Perhaps a triumvirate of an environmental scientist, a senior economist (possibly the head of the Bank of Australia and a High Court judge, to ensure individual rights. Give them a non-renewable 10-year term with a mandate to repair the burnt country, develop sustainable water and power supplies and restore wildlife as well as keep the country economically stable. They could begin by temporarily stopping all migratioin other than workers required for building the infrastructure (remember the Snowy Mountains schem?), equiring all religioius organisations to pay tax to help funding and chasing the big corporations for a fairer share.
Of course there is enough of a residue of the idea that real democracy is a good thing to ensure that such ideas are not put into practice – yet. But the very fact that this letter was headlined in such a prestigious paper is a sign. As the takeover of much of the education system, the media, the legal system and the corporations by progressive authoritarians takes hold – the adherence to real democracy will weaken. That is because real Western democracy has been based upon genuine tolerance, liberalism and the foundation of the Christian faith. These are being removed – especially the Christian part. Rather than leading to some kind of secular humanist Nirvana where ‘self evident’ universal values are democratically endorsed by an enlightened population – we will find that an increasingly frustrated elite will demand that they be given control in order to save the planet.
Anti-democratic measures will be justified as being for the sake of the climate, to prevent terrorism or to protect the economy. Democracy and liberalism are luxuries that we can do without. We need our supermen/women to save us from ourselves. It is their destiny, they are on the right side of history and the Untermenschen and the great unwashed had better accept our place. If we don’t the full force of the law, media and mob will be used against us. (witness for example how in some countries it is becoming illegal and ‘hate speech’ to say that you believe in biological sex and that men cannot become women).
Theocracy, Technocracy or Christianity
The next decade will see whether the legacy of Christianity in the Western world will remain. My prophecy is simple – without Christianity, liberal democracy will not survive. The stakes are that high. The West is in danger not because of a Margaret Attwood style theocracy, but rather because of a progressive technocracy whereby the West regresses from its Christian liberal democratic tradition and reverts to a Greco-Roman Pagan view of the world.
How strange it is that non Christians like Doug Murrayand Tom Holland see this – but so many Christian leaders either do not – or are too cowardly or pietistic to speak out. When the prophets are atheists, and the church leaders are acquiscent puppets of the progressive elites, what a dreadful state the church is in.
Now more than ever is a time for a reaffirmation of the Gospel – a call to repentance and renewal and a refusal to bow the knee to Caesar.