Democracy and meritocracy as utopias

If the goal is pleasing an all-powerful sky monster named Allah, then Sharia would be a utopia—with its meritocracy based on the criteria of piety, and the democracy of agreeing that the most powerful males get to mate with the most beautifully hairy females.

If the goal is to raise the defeated German nation from the brink of permanent political castration, then Nazism would be a utopia—with its meritocracy based on the criteria of fidelity to the preservation and expansion of the Fatherland, and the democracy of agreeing that the most powerful males get to mate with the most beautifully sturdy, cold, mechanical women.

If the goal is to sneak and slither through life as an atheist who, at most, tolerates Jews, for political cover, telling feckless frenemies frantic lies to cobble political pity and nuclear privileges, then Zionism would be a utopia—with its meritocracy based on the criteria of manic, restless cultural chauvinism, and the democracy of agreeing that whomever best pities, placates, and prevaricate for the anti-Jewish atheist-terrorist State—that person should be exalted socially and politically.

If the goal is to sneak and slither through life as an ahistorical racist hypocrite with a laughably pretended moral-compass, then United States patriotism would be a utopia—with its meritocracy based on the ability to tell manifest lies framed in curated half-truths, and the democracy of letting off steam every few years by going through the motions of expressing a preference for which figurehead should lie the nation into torture, terrorism, and wars of aggression for the benefit of the anti-Jewish atheist-terrorist State of occupied Palestine.

The point:

Meritocracy is relative.
Democracy is relative.
Both fall far short of being a moral or political panacea—and always will: Neither will ever be what each so often is tacitly taken to be: an alternative to courageous, humble, attentive, active living.

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