Our conversation: The true aim of bourgeois democracy

Our conversation: The true aim of bourgeois democracy

ardainaArdain Isma

This election cycle is by no means the most intriguing, and it’s just getting started. Despite countless efforts by the establishment to deviate public opinion over the real issues, primary voters remain un-budged, undeterred. That is precisely why, I believe, the predictability of the outcome is as unfeasible as ever. Politics is associated with governance. Therefore, it cannot be viewed in the same manner we understand sports’ competitiveness. Whereas soccer, baseball and other popular sports are designed to entertain, politics is the fight for the projection of power in a “legitimate” fashion.

Power is key here, for whoever controls the reins of power effectively has the ability rule or dominate. In western democracies, this means a lot. Too often, we seem to overlook this fact. What makes American democracy such a tricky game is that the upper class has long managed to successfully dictate the rule of the game, creating a two-party system bent on protecting the interests of the most powerful elements of society. There is democracy as long as THEY are in charge. Henceforth, a bourgeois democracy is just that: the projection of power by the rich and famous.

This year, things may be a little bit different. There is a two-pronged campaign going on right now to first elect Bernie Sanders whose campaign has been focusing on the issues, rather than on trivia and second to lead the fight against the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision which paved the way for unlimited campaign funding by corporate donors.

For these two reasons, Bernie Sanders has been treated as an outlier in the political process, and despite the fact his campaign has been gaining steam, drawing thousands wherever he goes, he is still being treated as an irrelevant candidate. Why? Because he stands for a redistribution of wealth that dreads to the core those who have effectively hijacked the political process.

I’m not naïve when I say Bernie Sanders has a chance of winning. His message resonates with voters from across the social and ethno-linguistic spectrum. I also believe, only a social revolution can make it happen. Millions must take part, getting out to vote on Election Day, remaining vigilant and being ready to fight when the real struggle begins. Yes, I say when the real fight begins. You can bet on it. If Bernie Sanders were to be elected president, the powerful people will do everything to ensure that his presidency fails. There is a big difference between winning elections and implanting political agenda. Don’t just vote for Bernie. You need to be committed.—Dr. Ardain Isma, educator, author

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