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Perverted democracy or could we better call it “hezocracy”?

in Anglophobia / Marxism/World News by

A common trickery on which all despotic regimes in the history of mankind rely is the perversion of ideas and concepts. The use of fallacies, cognitive biases and euphemisms are usually accompanied by the destruction of democratic institutions to oppress the members of society.

It is not strange to observe how ideas and concepts such as peace, conciliation, dialogue and understanding are perverted and diverted from their natural purpose and used by tyrannies to weave their system of domination, deceptions that even dismayed the concepts of Constitution, constituent power, legislation, sovereignty, nation and even the idea of ​​democracy, banalising it and reducing it simply to electoral acts, which although are important, are the least significant element of real democracies, since there can be no democracy without checks and balances of public powers, respect of human rights, accountability of the public administration, effective judicial protection, among others.

Today, Venezuela as per all the socialist nations in history, is more than a failed State, it is a delinquent State, there is no doubt about it; but the worst part of it is that those who are apparently calling to resist the tyranny as opposition, are often those who materially attempt against the rule of law, becoming actors in favour of the tyrannical system, either by action or omission, voluntarily or involuntarily, in a conscious or stupid way, they just serve the table for the tyranny with their democratic weakness towards despotism reducing the idea of democracy only to a matter of votes, when there are many other equally democratic and constitutional actions, quite forceful, for recovering the rule of law, one example: “constitutional resistance”.

In order to confront any problem and seek for a solution, from the simplest to the most complex, before venturing to take any action, we must first make a diagnosis as detailed as possible of the case, and from there, act accordingly, diagnosis and evaluation that in situations of significance such as the one that Venezuela suffers are especially important to consider.

There some political actors that are quick to point out that the solution to the political crisis of Venezuela can’t be democratic but forced; others that should not go to the electoral processes, others quite the contrary, when the truth is that after more than 18 years of a dictatorial regime, local states and municipalities are nothing but empty shells to which they have taken away their most essential attributions, and only used by the regime as means to oppress their inhabitants and the whole country has derived in the worst situation ever, where misery and corruption are present in every aspects of Venezuelans.

Let´s save some time and arrive at some specific conclusions. In Venezuela there is no rule of law and there is no democracy, and if there is some left, it is totally perverted; we are facing something totally different beyond simply mentioning that there is no democracy..

But if there is no rule of law and there is no democracy, what is Venezuela now? It is a failed State, a delinquent State in which far from having a democracy we could be facing an ochlocracy, kleptocracy, pathocracy or a “hezocracy”.

Let’s see…

It is well known that democracy comes from the Greek “Demos” that means “people” and from “kratos” that is “authority” or “government”; then we may say that “democracy” is the government of the people. From that very elementary idea, we can perfectly deduce other notions such as ​​”meritocracy”, as the government of those who have achieved enough merit; but how can we understand other complex expressions and ideas such as political ponerology, ochlocracy, kleptocracy, pathocracy and “hezocracy”?

Ponerology is an expression that derives from “ponerophilus” used by Aristotle in Politics to refer about the friendship and approach towards the evil, a concept that acquires current use and dimensions thanks to the Polish psychiatrist Andrzej Lobaczewki who used it in his book “Political Ponerology” in which he develops in detail the study of the evil and its effects in politics, as well as the pathology of the ruling classes and their effects in societies, pointing out that pathocracies may arise in such environments.

About pathocracies, we can highlight:

“Definition: pathocracy (n). A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people (from Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, by Andrew Lobaczewski)

Pathocracy

From Greek pathos, “feeling, pain, suffering”; and kratos, “rule”

A totalitarian form of government in which absolute political power is held by psychopathic elite and their effect on the people is such that the entire society is ruled and motivated by purely pathological values.

A pathocracy can take many forms and can insinuate itself covertly into any seemingly just system or ideology. As such it can masquerade under the guise of a democracy or theocracy as well as more openly oppressive regimes.

Characteristics

  1. Suppression of individualism and creativity.
  2. Impoverishment of artistic values.
  3. Impoverishment of moral values; a social structure based on self-interest and one-upmanship, rather than altruism.
  4. Fanatical ideology; often a corrupted form of a valid viable ‘trojan’ ideology which is perverted into a pathological form, bearing little resemblance to the substance of the original.
  5. Intolerance and suspicion of anyone who is different, or who disagrees with the state.
  6. Centralised control.
  7. Widespread corruption.
  8. Secret activities within government, but surveillance of the general population. (In contrast, a healthy society would have transparent government processes, and respect for privacy of the individual citizen).
  9. Paranoid and reactionary government.
  10. Excessive, arbitrary, unfair and inflexible legislation; the power of decision making is reduced/removed from the citizens’ everyday lives.
  11. An attitude of hypocrisy and contempt demonstrated by the actions of the ruling class, towards the ideals they claim to follow, and towards the citizens they claim to represent.
  12. Controlled media, dominated by propaganda.
  13. Extreme inequality between the richest and poorest.
  14. Endemic use of corrupted psychological reasoning such as paramoralisms, conversive thinking and doubletalk.
  15. Rule by force and/or fear of force.
  16. People are considered as a ‘resource’ to be exploited (hence the term “human resources”), rather than as individuals with intrinsic human worth.
  17. Spiritual life is restricted to inflexible and indoctrinaire schemes. Anyone attempting to go beyond these boundaries is considered a heretic or insane, and therefore dangerous.
  18. Arbitrary divisions in the population (class, ethnicity, creed) are inflamed into conflict with one another.
  19. Suppression of free speech – public debate, demonstration, protest.
  20. Violation of basic human rights, for example: restriction or denial of basic life necessities such as food, water, shelter; detainment without charge; torture and abuse; slave labour.”

Concerning the terms ochlocracy, kleptocracy and “hezocracy”, there should be no more difficultly distinguishing their scope and content; in fact, it is an interesting exercise, let´s do it:

We already know what “kratos” is … the government of … Let´s try with the others…

Ochlocracy, comes from the Greek “ochlo”, that means crowd, mass of people, “lumpen”, it is an expression attributed to the government of the informal unprepared groups of persons, usually used in those populist regimes resulting from a degeneration of democracy, also can be referred as “government by the mob : mob rule”

Kleptocracy: From the Greek “klepto” that means “to steal” or “a thief”, then kleptocracy it is usually defined as:

“… political regime whose members make flagrantly dishonest use of their official position for personal gain.”

“…a government where officials are politically corrupt and financially self-interested

And the last one, “Hezocracy”; this is a little more complex, since there is no such word; and it is more a suggestion to be implemented due to its meaning and the current need to call things with names that really represent the context of where they are used. Its etymology results from the concept of “Hez” in Spanish and Aristotle would point out that it was the object of admiration of the “ponerophilus” who blindly follow the tyrants.

Considering the political pathology in Venezuela, applying the necessary treatment; to the dictatorial regime, to the opposition and its imbecility and civil society with its laziness to confront the tyranny, even more than diagnosing that Venezuela as a failed State, we better should consider if we are not under an ochlocracy, pathocracy, kleptocracy or perhaps it will be “hezocracy”.

I personally still have some doubts, but what do you think the diagnosis is?

P.S. concerning Hez:

Hex, from the Latin  fex, fecis, that in English could be translated as “scum” (“residue, dregs”)

“… extraneous matter or impurities risen to or formed on the surface of a liquid often as a foul filmy covering”

“… scoria of metals in a molten state”

“… a low, vile, or worthless person or group of people”

“… a worthless or contemptible person or group of people”

“… despicable people, despicable person, rabble, riff-raff, refuse, garbage, trash, vermin, good-for-nothing, good-for-nothings, undesirable, undesirables, the lowest of the low, the dregs of society”

“hezocracy – scumocracy”

 

Great Britain should look closely at how Venezuela’s democracy has been destroyed

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to London and participate in an activity prepared by the Venezuelan community living in Great Britain. The intention of that gathering, which was also held in many other major cities in world was, and still is, to universally, publicly, and undoubtedly show the atrocities of the dictatorial regime that has been in power in Venezuela since 1999. A totalitarian regime that used and abused the ideas of the socialism to get into power, as it did, invading all the democratic institutions, armed forces, police, judicial and economic system, all with no other desire than to remain in power at any cost, even the blood and life of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans.

During that activity I was interviewed and asked about how our country was devastated as the idea spread worldwide that the “well-intentioned government, saviour of the poor from the evil of capitalism, made Venezuelan society richer, healthier, and happier.” I was asked why if socialism or communism was so great – they are the same with regards to the denial of the individual person and their values – we were all complaining. Then I was told that one of the candidates running for Prime Minister in the UK declares himself as an admirer of Hugo Chavez, his work and his “legacy”. As recently as 2013, the Islington MP paid tribute to controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

I personally do not know Jeremy Corbyn, but there are some things I am hundred percent sure about him, and there are other areas where I still have doubts:

I am very sure that he doesn’t know me at all. We haven’t met, there is no possible way we have ever discussed any ideas about politics, economics, social, law, constitution, democracy or any other matter.

On the contrary, I have strong doubts about him really knowing Hugo Chavez, especially after I was told that he declares himself a follower of Chavez. Did Corbyn really know Chavez and his legacy? This leads us to two possibilities, but neither of them seem to be good ones.

In the first scenario, Corbyn and Chavez knew each other very well and they admired each other, and have the same ideas about politics, economy, human rights, democracy, liberty, prosperity, and so on. In the second scenario, Corbyn and Chavez did not know each other well, or rather Corbyn did not know Chavez, especially his REAL, work, his legacy. Then, like many others, Corbyn would be just another victim of the lies and the fallacies of what is called socialism in the 21st century.

I can’t in any way give advice or recommendations, and would not dare to express political opinions concerning a society in which I haven’t lived. I don’t have any relation to the UK whatsoever, other than some reading of its authors, its history, and maybe a couple of visits. I have no direct knowledge to give an opinion concerning British politics, and I am not pretending to do so.

Regarding Venezuela and the dictatorial regime stated by Chavez in 1999, I can for sure give my opinion of his work and legacy. His legacy is none other than death, crime, hunger, destruction, illness, lack of democracy, corruption, and many other issues. I live here, studied here and work here. My ancestors and I witnessed the destruction of the country, so I think my opinion about the Venezuela situation and Chavez’s legacy could be considered more reliable than Corbyn’s.

I cannot answer whether Corbyn truly knew Chavez, or if he realises that in 18 years, Chavez and his legacy completely destroyed the country, its economy, the security, the nation’s general health and welfare, and all that is the consequence of the socialism Chavez claimed was the path to follow. It would be illogical and dangerous that a person in Venezuela, Great Britain, France, United States, France or any other country that aspires to an important office, should identify with the Chavez regime and its barbarity.

On the other hand, we can also assume that Corbyn never knew the real Chavez, his legacy of destruction, the dictatorship; in this case, it is also very dangerous that some people could believe Chavez’s lies and wrongly believe that Venezuela is the seventh heaven on earth. It is not – we are now living through hell.

As I previously mentioned, I don’t personally know Mr. Corbyn, but if I did and if I had the opportunity to ask him a couple questions, I would ask him something like:

Did you know that democracy and economy in Venezuela was destroyed by the Socialism promoted by Chavez?

Did you know that people have to eat discomposing garbage directly from the garbage cans and trucks?

Did you know that Venezuela is the most corrupt country in the Americas and is among the worst 3 countries evaluated. There are no courts of justice, not even one tribunal that isn’t corrupted.

That is the most dangerous country due to criminality?

That there are no medicines, or medical attention, and all the reports given by the regime are false?

That freedom of expression is prohibited and the free and democratic media cannot make public the regime’s violations? 

Do you think that in Great Britain and the rest of the world the people should know what´s happening right now in Venezuela?

Do you know that at this exact moment while I’m writing this article, and while it is being read, there are students, mothers, older people, professionals and workers being killed by the National Guard and irregular armed groups that support the regime, only for asking for overdue elections, food, medicines, security and electricity?   

What do you think about Chavez and its legacy now?

One last thing…

Would you like to verify this and give to your followers the most accurate idea?

Let’s do something. I went to London and I freely walked its streets and got a feel for the city and UK society, again a very general overview and not enough to make a political opinion. Why don’t you come here, be my guest and see with your own eyes the real Chavez legacy, would you come and do it? [Editor-in-Chief’s note: Roberto, we do want to make a documentary about the legacy of Chavez, but sadly we do not currently have the budget for international trips.]

Whatever Corbyn’s opinions of Venezuela’s dictators are, I guess there is no problem at all in openly declaring your opinion about Venezuela being a dictatorship and all the oppression and deaths of the recent weeks.

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