DEMOGARCHY

Mildred’s Day

To tame power, multiply power

This essay introduces a political system that can’t break down. Dipping into it will do nothing for you. If you give it thought you’ll see it as watertight. In many parts of this brilliant beautiful barbaric brutal planet, it’ll be your sole certain prospect of a fair and stable public life for you and those who follow you.

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Mildred’s Day

Prelude I live in two nations, on the same terrain. Pavement Nation is the people I meet day-to-day. (“Sidewalk Nation”, some would call it). It is openhearted, warm, accepting and doesn't care that I come from a once oppressive minority. Instead, when my pale mouth manages a “thank you” or “have a good day” in any of the Pavement’s nine vernaculars, there are gasps and cheers as if for an Olympian feat. Then there’s Policy Nation, headlines and big names,...

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PANGS: The incubation of demogarchy

In 1984 my country, South Africa, was ruled by an all-powerful Party that reckoned some people were citizens and other people were not. Formerly pretty conventional, this approach was now out of order. We were hot favourite candidate for World’s Chief Skunk. I wrote an article suggesting the way out was not hard: arrange politics so that ordinary people actually held the power that democracy supposed them to hold. That thought proceeded into (plenty of) maturing in the...

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