“Those who tell the stories rule society“–Plato
Winston Churchill bastardised this advice; an observation that questions the historical role of governmental process following the end of the World War Two through contemporary times. It is proudly that history, in good conscience, vilifies Nazi Fascism and Russian Communism [sic]. The bias, though, declines to admit that during the life of these ‘evil‘ regimes there was, of course, similar policy at play in the World–at–large. That which channeled through Eurocentrism begot by subjugation of foreign nations, resources, and power structures. Domestic policies in the US and Australia (of the ‘civilised‘ nations) were geared toward social segregation; not to mention the ‘endemic racial & civil persecution of the citizenry in South Africa, East Asia and South America. Political opponents surveilled and apprehended. Deplorable conditions in ‘correctional‘ facilities. Heterogenous cultural dogma.
And in this way we might visit Modernist political thought with relevance to the appreciation in policy reform that applies a high standard of personal empowerment in the legislatures of purportedly ‘liberal‘ ‘democracies‘.
Because it is true that those of us in the West have stronger legal apparatus available and can therefore afford to mount challenges to the state. In utilising these means we might imagine revisiting some of the political conventions of the Modern era such as Fascism, Communism, Socialism, Anarchism and Capitalism –all through the lense of a society where the multilateral term ‘democracy‘ is bandied about like some form of patriotism.