democracy. The few have, in fact, made their rule and “democracy” the same thing.

We know something is wrong with this “democracy.” A 2006 global poll of the people in 68 countries, the Gallup Voice of the People Survey, shows that a huge majority of us sense that we are being deceived. In response to the question, “Would you say that your country is governed by the will of the people?”, only 37% said yes in the United States, 36% in Canada, 30% in the United Kingdom, 28% in Italy, 26% in France, 25% in Pakistan, 20% in Mexico, 18% in Germany, 18% in Russia, and on and on. Everywhere the people said the main problem in the world is the gap between the rich and the poor. We, the people, know something is terribly wrong, but we—in our powerful billions—do not know exactly what. The Few and their Guardians have stolen from us the very language we need to understand what is wrong—the language which gives us the power to resist their power and rule ourselves.

This is how Harold Pinter, the playwright who won the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, concluded his Nobel Lecture, “Art, Truth & Politics”:

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror—for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us—the dignity of man.

The Vision of Real Democracy that follows is a political vision that smashes the Few's world of mirrors. It shows us that the false choice of masked rule by the Few or open Rule by the Few is not our