I found Fareed Zakaria’s stance that democracy is mob rule and should be tempered with the inalienable rights of an elite which is above the public to be quite telling of the mindset of the modern bourgeoisie. This view is little different from the classical aristocrat’s. It betrays a complete lack of faith in the ability of the public to govern itself and reveals way the bourgeoisie views the state they rule through. Despite the copious and laughable rhetoric that the American government is a government of the people; the elite sometimes betrays that they believe themselves more intelligent than the general public and deserve to be above any form of public justice. This is the ideology of a medieval noble. This same view is espoused by Edward Bernays, “the father of spin.” It is this absurd delusion of superiority which leads the bourgeoisie to continually assault the socialist principle of free public education. The bourgeoisie seeks to commodify all things and education is no different. Because the capitalist has nearly unlimited funds with which to pursue education, the dismemberment of public education affects them not at all. It is crippling to the meritocratic aspirations of wage-worker’s children, who hope through hard work they will be able to succeed.
The state is an entity above the people it governs, completely separate from them and self-perpetuating. Lenin’s The State and Revolution addresses the entire issue quite well in my opinion, as well as how to solve the problem of the state. One of the most frightening aspects of the state in this era of class warfare is the justification of violence upon the ruled class. Peasant and workers are subject to immeasurable violence which is justified by state apparatuses. Rummel describes countless cases of murders and killings which “…were committed in secret behind a trail of lies and deceit…” those who die are painted by some term to justify their deaths, commonly as communists or terrorists. It has always been intriguing to me, that while Americans are horrified at the killings which take place at the hands of other governments, they rarely consider those which die from America’s imperialism at all. My Wife’s family hasn’t forgotten the deaths during the Philippine Insurrection, when the US acted as a benevolent big brother acting in the best interest of the Filipinos, as Fareed Zakaria recommended. But besides schools, they made widespread use of killing and torture, resulting in, unsurprisingly, a mixed legacy. Usually I recommend that people watch Red Dawn, and then trade the role of invader with the US and the role of insurgent with any of the countries the US has invaded in the past century. It’s a long list.
I still hope for a world where the state becomes largely unnecessary because people govern themselves for the most part, and I have been doing a lot of reading about examples in the past, foremost for me the Paris Commune. It would seem that despite the continual brainwashing of the bourgeoisie and absorption of their nefarious self-serving propaganda, the people are capable of building something better, if they desire.