Northern Dragon

… life in the twilight years of modern-day democracy …

The Sickness Within

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” — Edward Abbey, American author and essayist There is a sickness within capitalism. It is endemic, part of the system, and thus very difficult to fix. It is also largely ignored these days, except when it manifests in its most blatant and symptomatic form: monopolies. Monopolies, however, are only a symptom. The underlying disease is quite different […]

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Faux News

The problem with captive media is that when a news channel like, for instance, Fox News is owned lock, stock, and barrel by a major corporation, it will find it immensely difficult to be neutral and objective in its reporting. There will be a strong pressure – directly or indirectly – to report in a way which is aligned with the fundamental interests of their corporate owners. There is, indeed, […]

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The Price of Democracy

Democracy was invented by the Greeks. But their philosophers had very grave doubts about it and generally did not believe that it could be brought to work. Socrates explained it like this: Imagine an election between two candidates: a doctor and a sweet shop owner. The sweet shop owner would say of his rival:“Look, this person here has worked many evils on you. He hurts you, gives you bitter potions […]

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The Numbers Game

Democracy is a numbers game. The rules are as simple as they get: one person, one vote. It’s as basic as that. So it naturally follows that whichever faction has the most people, is the faction with the greatest power, yes? That was the conundrum which faced the major European powers in the years following the French Revolution. To ensure the stability of their lands – not to mention the […]

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Born in Blood

Society today rests on a fundament of principles. World views. Things which we believe to be absolutely true and eternally valid. One of those – in some ways by far the most important of them – is the idea of democracy. Democracy (literally: rule by the people) is the glue which links all of the various elements of our society together. It is made possible by the essential idea that […]

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The Grapes of Wrath

We live in a world of scarcity, of needs and wants and unfulfilled dreams. And we, ourselves, are the ones who made it that way. Not because it seemed good or wise to do so, but simply through ignorance – and a lack of caring. We are the stewards of the world. And it has not prospered whilst in our care. Nor, in fact, have we done all that well […]

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