JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY
Rights & Obligations
Where is it we develop a sense of justice, parents, education, community, family, friends? Or maybe an amalgamation of them all. If you don’t develop a sense of justice at a young age, then you will not have a cultivated sense of justice. And if you do not have a sense of justice you can we build a democratic society?
What of those who do not through circumstances cultivate a sense of justice. As Ralph Nader reminds us. All of those children who are being robotised into amorality at best. And indifference in the fact of raw brutality and coarseness at worst. Electronic child molestation and the commercialisation of childhood has been normalised. The fat food chains know exactly what they are doing, by pricing the worst foods lower and the good food higher, because they are looking for addiction. Corporations are raising our children from an early age by harassment to make them feel guilty. Advertisers actually get prizes for “high nag factor” for their adds aimed at kids. The commercial dislocation encourages peer to peer conversation and comparison, where many of our youth don’t even speak to those out with any side of their age group.
The state drags its heels in serving social justice, as the state as well as the administrators of our education system don’t find a place, or any significant place in their curriculum for it, as it tends to clash with the basic principal of state education hat is to serve business interests, for many in the school to service industry industrial complex.
Then again is school the place we learn about life. Much of our mentoring comes from those outside of school, family friends, uncles, acquaintances, interests. It is in these connections that engenders an early sense of justice. Many of these institutions and places have been rendered as part of the patina of history, as many attempt to replace them with the fools gold of technology, entertainment and things. We can not find justice in these things alone. Too many of them are the product of injustice in the first place.
“What we can reasonably ask at this point is. What kind of citizen or public self-what principle of citizenship and selfhood forms the true basis for a direct democracy? The common principle that legitimates direct action and direct democracy is a body politic's commitment to the belief that an assembled public, united as free and autonomous individuals, can deal in a competent, face-to-face manner with the direction of public affairs. “ Murray Bookchin
Global justice stems from local justice and the best examples of local justice is in the southern hemisphere, not in the west. From the same people that have been setting the example in the respect of mother earth for millennia and who suffer the worst elements of global warming and they are still ignored.
Western "I have rights" Cherokee: "I have obligations"