Our governments have gone mad. They have become like a drug dealer addicted to his own drugs. This is the story of the State.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”. He wondered why individuals who are born free by nature would crown another man and in the process forfeit a measure of their own freedom. He concluded that the only reason why people would put a government in place was to better their lot. Their obedience to the law of self-preservation made it almost imperative that they unite and institute government that would be a machinery to facilitate their survival and protection of their property.
But man discovered early on that the government became the very enemy they sought to annihilate, so they fashioned out measures to limit the power of the government and transfer more power to the people from whence it originally derived. The twists and turns of history have been a constant struggle between the people (the source of power) and the government (the custodian of power).
The very nature that made government necessary, namely self-preservation, is the very same nature that makes government inimical. Just as the people seek to preserve their lives so does the government seek to preserve its relevance and existence. But the problem is that the government has no life of its own, it’s existence is fully dependent on the people. This is an unstable and insecure existence because it offers no certainty. To secure its existence and depend less and less on the approval of the people government has to usurp more and more power away from the people unto itself. Herein lies the trick, the illusion and facade of democracy.
Democracy on paper is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. But in reality it is a form of government that gives the people APPARENT power and the government REAL power.This is why the Executive arm of government has entered the sacred space of the Legislature and the Judiciary the two places that are supposed to check the power of the government. The Legislature that is supposed to represent the people has been subsumed by the Executive through party politics. The Judiciary through the Supreme Court Justices and the Chief Justice has also become part of the executive. The Attorney-General is also in charge of the Ministry of Justice and is appointed by the President.
The government has achieved its aim. It has ceased to be a parasite and rather made the people the parasite. We now depend on them for everything. The trick is complete; the illusion has occurred right before our very eyes. Our ‘Frankenstein’ has left the laboratory and we simply lack the power to bring it back under subjugation.