Mediocracy is a situation which can occur in a democracy in which mediocre people prevail. The society is then subordinated to a quasi-egalitarian ideology in which words and ideas are redefined by mediocre people, to be convenient for mediocre people.
Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a frequent critic of mediocracy in contemporary Western countries. || This where the tag cloud goes if the tag cloud loads:
"I am the determined foe of the capitalist system, which denies the workers the rights of human beings. I consider it fundamentally wrong, radically unjust and cruel. It inflicts purposeless misery upon millions of my fellow men and women. It must, therefore, be changed, it must be destroyed, and a better, saner, kinder social order established. Competition must give place to cooperation. ‘Each for all’ is a far more stimulating and effective doctrine than ‘each for himself.’… Oh, no, it is not human nature that we have to change. Our task is not so difficult as that. All that is necessary to make this world a more comfortable abode for man is to abolish the capitalist system."
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: Cultural Capitalism as presented by Slavoj Zizek
Watch this before sending me death threats about my criticism of humanitarian organizations.
tl;dr It’s immoral to support a system that requires charity. It’s better to just implement a system where things that require charity cease to exist.
This is a really great, really important video. Watch it all the way through. The narrator isn’t saying charities are bad, PER SE, just that funding charities only treats the symptoms of the evils of the world — not the diseases. It also touches on slacktivism (Tom’s shoes, anyone?) and the inherent Sisyphean nature of putting band-aids on poverty. -Jess