We who live in 'Western Civilization' have witnessed the opening volleys of what will become a struggle between citizenry and oligarchic government(s).
A great many of us have come to agree with this appraisal, but it leaves us nowhere.
That an overthrow of this dead-end consumerist lunacy may be possible, merely leaves a vacuum that ushers in the next group of bozos to play the power game with our lives.
As an example, consider the Middle East.
The 'Arab Spring' is rapidly coming face to face with the adage, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". In this case, the flavor being fundamentalist authoritarians slipping in from the wings, wetting themselves with excitement over the clampdown they can't wait to enforce upon the populous. Back to square one.
When the West has its turn on the revolution bandwagon, we are in danger of facing the same music, with our own group is 'isms' or 'ists' looking to rule our lives.
For this not to happen we need to avoid replicating the same old political structures that are tried, and true enough will fail us again and again.
We need a NEW approach, based on the very means that allowed these contemporary revolutions to succeed in the first place: Mass communication and interactivity.
Do we really need professional politicians and leaders? Set individuals we chose to represent us (or not) who were necessary because limitations of time and distance made them indispensable? Could it be that this archaic device for the management of resources has outlived its usefulness?
We live in an age where anyone who has a mind to, may interact with and decision-make with any individual or group, anywhere on the planet.
Why do we need political intermediaries any more?
No Politicians. No leaders. It is a hard concept to take in and many will falter and criticize this course, pointing out all the obvious shortcomings of the unknown.
It was by degrees that the citizens of the British colonies came to realize that they did not need a king and could govern themselves, but eventually they succeeded. In this coming paradigm, could we reinvent ourselves again?