CHOOSE YOUR LEADER

 

It has been said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We have not been vigilant and have lost our freedom. Today Britain is a country without democracy.

At the last election the people were simply told to choose their leader, who would subsequently have absolute power over them for five years. There were three choices, none of them selected by the people of Britain, who presented themselves at a televised leaders’ debate during the election campaign.

 

The three would-be rulers of Britain

 

The message was clear. These three leaders, who are distinguishable only by their yellow, blue and pink ties, are the options you have. Your leader will be one of these three, and they will be able to do what they want, irrespective of your wishes. You will have no say in anything. Which one do you want?

There was no suggestion that the people of the country were to be involved in decision making. Nobody was to have any power to change the banking system, nobody would have a say in how tax money is spent.

Unless we do something together now, in 2015 we will still be impotent to make our lives better, and will merely be asked to choose our leader again. Yet every year we will be getting poorer and poorer, with fewer rights and civil liberties, in an increasingly unequal hierarchical state where justice is replaced by punishment for disobedience.

 

THE LEADER PRINCIPLE

The leader principle is the social formulation of the idea that obedience to your leader and duty to the group are what constitute right and wrong.

It was known in Nazi Germany as the Führerprinzip, and became the basis for their social structure, but it is certainly not restricted to Nazis. Many religious groups insist that disobedience is wickedness and that obedience is goodness. Other Fascist countries such as Mussolini’s Italy and Franco’s Spain were organised according to the leader principle.

In a society operating according to this principle, levels of hierarchy constitute the reasons for respecting people and finding them important. Those above you are more important than you and should be treated with more respect, those below you are less important and to be treated with less respect.

The actual nature of the people involved, and the ethical judgements that might make us like or dislike those people as people, are completely irrelevant. You do not respect someone because they are a fine person, or disrespect them because they are unpleasant; you respect and honour your superiors while demanding respect and honour from those below you, whom you are at liberty to despise. If your superior in rank is abusive, you treat them with respect because they are above you. It is not abuse that is wrong, it is disrespect and disobedience that constitutes wrongdoing.

 

The corrupt Houses of Parliament

 

The person at the very top of the hierarchy is the great leader, and is to be idolised, glorified and praised. This leader’s statements are true, his or her commands are to be obeyed without question. The group are all followers of this leader, who rules by a chain of command, with lesser leaders in control of areas of policy and geographical regions, and junior leaders below them who ensure obedience of the lower ranks.

Any society that celebrates leaders, denigrates the low ranked, considers obedience to be goodness, and has a structured inequality that is integral to the social system, where those of higher status have more money, power and respect while those below are treated with abuse, is a society that is based on the leader principle or Führerprinzip.

In that society, the law consists of rules to be obeyed, and leaders have authority to impose rules on those below. Leaders are only subject to the control of rules imposed by those higher up; the supreme leader is not subject to any law or obedience to rules because there’s no-one and nothing above him or her to impose rules and obedience.

A society operating according to this principle is constructed as a ladder of superiority and inferiority, with those above requiring obedience from those below. The game of life is to rise up the ladder through being a loyal gang member, gradually increasing your own power to order others about and your immunity from prosecution as you become less legally responsible for your own actions.

Inequality is therefore the whole point of the game. You can’t rise up the ladder to become superior to others below you in an equal society, and if jockeying for supremacy and power over others is what society is about, then it must be unequal. Other people are a means to an end – that end being your own advancement, wealth and status.

 

TONY BLAIR'S BETRAYAL

It's not a coincidence that the last election was the first to feature such a 'leaders' debate'. In 1997, the British people didn’t elect Tony Blair in a landslide victory: we elected the Labour Party. It wasn’t an election to choose our leader, who we would follow, it was an election to choose our government of parliamentary representatives. We chose to end the corruption of Thatcherism, which was disintegrating in crime and sleaze, and replace it with national representatives from what the Labour Party had become under the direction of Neil Kinnock and John Smith, that is, a party with the ideals of modern European social democracy.

Tony Blair had different ideas. He is a man who operates according to the Führerprinzip, and his election to leadership meant for him his rise to the top of the ladder of power and status. He was now free from obedience to other people and their rules, and was in a position to impose his will on those below him, who now constituted the entire country.

Under this rule of Prime Minister – rule over the country, not service to it – Britain has become a stratified, unequal land, with real poverty and suffering at one end of the hierarchy and unchecked wealth and power at the other. In this plutocratic hierarchy the rich and those in power are above the law, those at the bottom are the bully victims; justice and law are subservient to leaders.

This inequality in our society has been deliberately created. Those in power, the decision-makers who have authority to decide where money is spent, have deliberately organised things so as to impoverish the majority, making them struggle to get by, in order to create a social structure in which all wealth, power and status is funnelled up to the ruling group.

We hated the abuse crimes of Thatcherism so much in 1997 that we voted against it in huge numbers. Tony Blair betrayed us, and turned Britain into a land operating under the leader principle, in which democracy means only choosing the leader that you will follow. We must stamp this out now. The leader principle at work in our nation is a major cause of the inequality and injustice we experience, and we need to remove it, and replace it with strong structures for equality and justice.

 

Photo of the 'three leaders' by ITV