Date: Jan 14th, 2018
Motion: THB that a democracy a la Montesquieu trumps a different regime at everything
Role: Whip (opp.)
We have gone to the bottom or core of things. The proposing side has dug up the usual suspects; examples of the best practises of the Western World, name-dropping (Francis Fukuyama and his essay), and the fact that the migration between dictatorships and democracies usually happens from the former to the latter (as in Russians moving to London) and not vice versa (as in Gerard Depardieu moving to Russia).
What I’m going to do next is tie the cords of my own side together into a knot (in a good way) and to offer a conclusive and comprehensive alternative to the gov. motion.
THE FAILURE OF THE LEGISLATURE
Our last speaker revealed to us the way our legislatures let us down. The first major upset is the fact that the opposition is not listened to during a four-year period of governing. Majority-seat govts are formed with the express purpose of every voting situation ending in a victory for the govt. Question hours are farcical, as MPs do not even talk to each other but address the Chair of the parliament every time they report a concern or a question. The second upset is that all preparatory action by the legislature boils down to the hour of voting. It is a numbers game. No matter what discussions have preceded the voting, decisions are made in binary numbers. It does not matter how smart or dumb a rep. is as long (s)he is capable of pressing a button. This has led to a situation where rather moronic people already roam the halls and corridors of our legislating body. Protest votes have brought them there, and parties do not care as long as the grand tally of voting in the country favours them.
THE FAILURE OF THE GOVERNMENT
Our govts fail, as our second speaker, Secretary, told us, in not really being in control of what they are doing. A vast number of civil servants work at any ministry, bringing and creating the agenda that the corresponding Minister merely undersigns or stamps with a rubber stamp. This problem is perpetuated by the fact that often ministries are headed by people who have not personally specialised or received training in what they govern over. In consequence, executive power slips further down the line to the middle management of each ministry, who wields the real power. And therefore, we don’t know who’s in power or whom to blame when the s**t hits the fan.
THE FAILURE OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Our opening speaker, Chair, brought to our attention the corruption of our defense lawyers, judges and prosecutors. It is no secret that fortune crimes and violent crimes often receive a very lenient treatment — not to speak of crimes committed by office-holding people, in courts — against the morality of the people. Why? Why? Because verdicts are fashioned according to how likely it is that a convict will return to avenge his verdict on the sentencing ones. With criminals of the violent kind, economical kind and incumbent kind, the likelihood is ELEVATED, if not certain, so they tend to get short sentences. With people without networks and no history of violence, the likelihood is non-existent, so they get comparably the longest possible sentences and hardest verdicts and damages to be paid. In other words, what matters in courts isn’t bangers and mash, crime and punishment, but: WHO has done something, HOW (s)he is in relations with the members of the court, and lastly WHAT (s)he has done.
Summed up, parts of our system are just about as dysfunctional and damaged as their Eastern European, African or Asian counterparts, all over the world. Yet, there is a nagging feeling that we still like to live in the Western hemisphere, and we have always been a favourite tourist attraction both to people from foreign lands and among ourselves. So, the real reason why the West is successfully inhabited by ”semi-happy” people is not Market Economy or a Montesquieuan division of systemic duties, as both of them have oppressive features. The Real Reason why we are partially happy is that we have fundamental rights that cannot be taken away:
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of Religion
- Freedom of Mobility, Movement and Migration
It is really these three things that flourish in the shadow cast by the Market Economy and the Tripartite Division of Power that make us happy. If they existed on behalf of any other kind of regime, the subjects under those diverse different regimes would be just as happy as kites, too. This could also explain away the thinking in Russia, China and other economical powerhouses that they do not want to follow the Western lead or emulate our societies there.
Arvio: Puhe käy läpi tuntemamme järjestelmän heikkouksia sisältä käsin niitä tuntien ja luodaten. Osa on mutua mutta siinäkin on totta ainakin siteeksi. Puheen väitteitä on vaikea todentaa. Lopun vapauksien luetteleminen tuntuu joka tapauksessa todelliselta ja myönteisellä tavalla. Puhe toimii aloitteen luomassa altavastaajan roolissa ehkä niin hyvin kuin on mahdollista.