The problem of an intensifying anti-democratic centralisation combined with an apathetic electorate is something that we too experience. We are constantly giving power away to the EU which is run by an unaccountable cadre of apparatchiks. Whilst we elect our euro MPs its done by proportional representation - so you don't vote for the person, you vote for the party. No-one holds the member of the european parliament accountable apart from the political party. Besides that, probably the most powerful body is the european commission. This is a non-elected body of eurocrats that propose new law - which MEPs have to ratify. There are often so many laws proposed that no-one gets the opportunity to scan them and sometimes thay have to ratify a raft of laws on the nod - no-one knows what they are voting for, they simply assent to the laws in order to get them through.
No-one follows european politics so they get away with blue murder. A lot has been written about the corruption and nepotism of the EU. The democratic deficit is well known and accepted: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democra...European_Union
But what do you do
I have been thinking of joining a political party - but they are all part of the problem. We as citizens have been truly disempowered. I was seriously thinking of protesting with the anti-globalisation movement at one time - but I am not sure that they are anything more than anarchists (no offence to any anarchists reading this).
Jeff Faux has written a book about the global elite who have taken power throughout the world - 'The Global Class War - How America's bi partisan elite lost our future and what it will take to win it back. It starts out with this story:
A corporate lobbyist was trying to persuade Faux to vote in favour of a political bill: "Don't you understand?" she finally said. "We have to help Salinas. He's been to Harvard. He's one of us"
This global elite has more in common with each other than they do with nationals in their own country - and they are determined to keep it that way.
Daniel Hannan, an MEP and journalist writes on this topic too but 'who really cares?'. It makes me so mad
And if we who know and understand about this, feel and act disempowered what hope do we have?
Also they say that young people are less political today than they ever were - where are the young radicals, the Martin Luther Kings, the Nelson Mandelas, the Che Guevaras, the Malcolm X's. why are people so apathetic - even the young.
I'll shut up now - I need something to calm me down.
...but if I could understand,
What you are, root and all, and all and in all,
I should know what God and man is.