The party is a contemporary form of dictatorship. It is the modern instrument of dictatorial government. The party is the rule of a part over the
whole. As a party is not an individual, it creates a superficial democracy by establishing assemblies, committees, and propaganda through its members.
The party is not a democratic instrument because it is composed only of those people who have common interests, a common perception or a shared
culture; or those who belong to the same region or share the same belief. They form a party to achieve their ends, impose their will, or extend the
dominion of their beliefs, values, and interests to the society as a whole. A party's aim is to achieve power under the pretext of carrying out its
program. Democratically, none of these parties should govern a whole people who constitute a diversity of interests, ideas, temperaments, regions and
beliefs. The party is a dictatorial instrument of government that enables those with common outlooks or interests to rule the people as a whole.
Within the community, the party represents a minority.
The purpose of forming a party is to create an instrument to rule the people, i.e., to rule over non-members of the party. The party is,
fundamentally, based on an arbitrary authoritarian concept - the domination of the members of the party over the rest of the people. The party
presupposes that its accession to power is the way to attain its ends, and assumes that its objectives are also those of the people. This is the
theory justifying party dictatorship, and is the basis of any dictatorship. No matter how many parties exist, the theory remains valid.
The existence of many parties intensifies the struggle for power, and this results in the neglect of any achievements for the people and of any
socially beneficial plans. Such actions are presented as a justification to undermine the position of the ruling party so that an opposing party can
replace it. The parties very seldom resort to arms in their struggle but, rather, denounce and denigrate the actions of each other. This is a battle
which is inevitably waged at the expense of the higher, vital interests of the society. Some, if not all, of those higher interests will fall prey to
the struggle for power between instruments of government, for the destruction of those interests supports the opposition in their argument against the
ruling party or parties. In order to rule, the opposition party has to defeat the existing instrument of government.
To do so, the opposition must minimize the government's achievements and cast doubt on its plans, even though those plans may be beneficial to the
society. Consequently, the interests and programs of the society become the victims of the parties' struggle for power. Such struggle is, therefore,
politically, socially, and economically destructive to the society, despite the fact that it creates political activity.
Thus, the struggle results in the victory of another instrument of government; the fall of one party, and the rise of another. It is, in fact, a
defeat for the people, i.e., a defeat for democracy. Furthermore, parties can be bribed and corrupted either from inside or outside.
Originally, the party is formed ostensibly to represent the people. Subsequently, the party leadership becomes representative of the membership, and
the leader represents the party elite. It becomes clear that this partisan game is a deceitful farce based on a false form of democracy. It has a
selfish authoritarian character based on maneuvres, intrigues and political games. This confirms the fact that the party system is a modern instrument
of dictatorship. The party system is an outright, unconvincing dictatorship, one which the world has not yet surpassed. It is, in fact, the
dictatorship of the modern age.
The parliament of the winning party is indeed a parliament of the party, for the executive power formed by this parliament is the power of the party
over the people. Party power, which is supposedly for the good of the whole people, is actually the arch-enemy of a fraction of the people, namely,
the opposition party or parties and their supporters. The opposition is, therefore, not a popular check on the ruling party but, rather, is itself
opportunistically seeking to replace the ruling party. According to modern democracy, the legitimate check on the ruling party is the parliament, the
majority of whose members are from that ruling party. That is to say, control is in the hands of the ruling party, and power is in the hands of the
controlling party. Thus the deception, falseness and invalidity of the political theories dominant in the world today become obvious. From these
emerge contemporary conventional democracy.
"The party represents a segment of the people, but the sovereignty of the people is indivisible."
Source: The Green Book - Muammar Gaddafi greencharter.com...
Interesting experiment no?