The age of the distanced and the detached. Where the resolute seems nothing but a cloud, and the once clear reception is but a ghost in the mist. We are but strangers in a stranger still land, that can no longer tell who is working with us, only that they lay somewhere above, or wave magic in the shadows while are eyes are averted to the stars and glitter.
I fell in love with Seth Glier’s music a couple of months ago, besides Star and Glitter, I enjoy The Next Right Thing. The political undertones to the song, appear, to in my opinion engender the current political state of unrest the public lies within with the government.
A Widening Gap
By now we are aware of ‘the wealth gap.’ A term coined to capture the rising difference between the highest income members of society and the lowest. The Guardian reports of the handful of people that possess most the world’s wealth, compared to the high numbers in society that between them possess very little of the world’s overall wealth.
When we speak of the top one percent of society, we are referring to people we may not initially expect. Stereotypically we assume those most in the limelight, or on our TV screen are the wealthiest people in the world, but usually it is those behind the scenes, whose names we have not even come across.
The fourth wealthiest person in the world is Jeff Bezos, whose wealth has merged from the tech industry, mainly from amazon.com; that he founded.
The second is Amancio Ortego, again his wealth is self-made from the retail industry. He now controls Spanish fashion; following the growth of Inditex that is associated to fashion retailer Zara.
The issue of course from there, when we speak of the one percent, we instantly begin to consider the idea of control in our economy and from our economy we begin to ask the question how much does that effect our politics?
Russell Brand, in an interview raised the question, has there ever been a US election where the richest candidate has not been the winner?
I do not know what the answer to that question is, though it seems given reasonable speculation that the amount of money backing could alter the effectiveness of your campaign.
A larger budget allows a better spread of advertisement and where there is more advertisement there is more opportunity to reach and persuade a larger audience. This alone would enable the chance of a candidate to be improved over another one.
Also, the candidate with a larger budget and larger potential for advertising opportunity will attract bigger sponsors, again pertaining a larger budget enabling the candidate to do more, and co-operate with large brands the audience recognise and trust.
“A small group of people having control of a country or organisation”
Given recent events where business tycoon Donald Trump has emerged as the new US President elect for the next four years; politics and business are inadvertently joint, perhaps more so than ever before, further convincing the argument that our democratic system is failing to represent the whole of society and is instead constructed only for the interests of the upper classes.
Becoming disenfranchised with a system put in place to communicate and govern the interests of the people and community could be the reason why we have seen a steadily inclining decrease in the amount of people turning out to vote each year, and why many are reporting on the future generations that seem far more detached from politics that those prior to them.
Many argue the detachment from politics is due to apathy, the idea that people simply do not care. Many are critical of people who do not vote, believing if you are not partaking in the system then you have no right to complain. In regards to voting I believe it is entirely up to the individual for them to decide what is best. But instead of persecuting those that choose not to vote, perhaps we should spend more time asking why and not just assuming it is due to laziness or ignorance.
This article in The Guardian, poses an interesting question: Is it due to apathy or antipathy why fewer people, in particular the younger generation refuse to vote?
I believe there are plenty of politically motivated people, who do care about the society they live in and the ideologies of that community, however too many over a long period have been disappointed with the system before them, they feel it has failed them for far too long, and that they have seen nothing change to improve that. People have grown tired of voting for a party, as they have struggled increasingly to tell them apart anymore.
The system appears stubborn to consider those rebuking it, by choosing not to partake, and a system that has failed to adapt for many decades, perhaps is practicing in ways not suitable to the world around it that has changed.
The result is a public that feels so far from the MP’s representing them, it seems almost an impossible feat for anything to be clearly communicated. The events leading to Brexit spurred confusion in many, as they struggled to pertain what either staying or leaving in the EU would mean for them.
The ability to access clear and factual information regarding government and the affairs occurring within that, has become harder. People do not know what to trust anymore and when they do ask for answers, it seems they just get more questions instead.
When we break it down and look over the progression of the relationship between the government, the media and the public in the last ten years, potentially longer, is it really so hard to work out how we have ended up in the fragmented situation many feel we are in regards to communication between these institutions today?