…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

According to the 2015 Lowy Institute poll 49% of Australians between 18 and 29 do not agree that democracy is preferable to any other form of government. Sounds frightening, does it not? Then we have even more frightening figure from USA – 46% of Americans apparently agree that Obama is doing good job [Gallup – week 5 – 11 October, 2015] and from Australia where Malcolm Turbull is getting amazing 50% for doing absolutely nothing, just for not being Tony Abbott.

True, polls are fluctuating and not an infallible reflection of what a voter ultimately would do in the privacy of a voting booth. Still, the National Socialists Workers Party (NSDAP) got to power in Germany with 33%, the same percentage which brought communists to power in Czechoslovakia after WWII.

Closer to our times, in 2014 Bashar Assad decided have the election, the first multi-candidate direct presidential election in a long time, and got respectable 80% of vote. Angela and Barack did not like it much, envy, most likely, but the monitors from India, Nicaragua, Russia, Iran, Bolivia, Brazil,Cuba, Ecuador, Iraq, South Africa and Venezuela declared the electoral process “free, fair and transparent”. I guess by their standards it was.

So 49% of youngsters are not too enchanted with a democratic system? What a surprise.


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Percentages

  1. Anthony Lumier says:

    Just accept that almost 50% of the world’s population is plain stupid, and working on expansion. Dull, greedy, lazy, envious – in other words the proper Marx material.

  2. Bruce Long says:

    Unfortunately, this will not get solved by a democratic process; it is too late.

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