Political Idea and the Animal Farm
!.?. !? Political Though Gilbert Domingo L. Vidanes 102460 “Absolutely Pigging Out” Even prior to reading Animal Farm I already had hunches and inklings that animals might run federal governments. I suggest, take a look at politics today. We have monkeys seated as our leaders and crocodiles as our legislators. But who would have believed that even Pigs could get a shot at comparable posts? Well I understand there’s something called a “pork barrel”, but I simply discover it humorous that there are actually “porkers”.
Additionally, though the story is obviously fictitious, who would have believed that they could actually do a better task in leading the citizens (or animals) under their kind of governance compared to some “leaders” in real life? Joking aside, the reality still remains that animals will always be animals. Discussing some of the ideals that I saw in the book, there were really quite a lot that can be related to Political Idea. Notions of democracy, social agreement and enlightenment ideas, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St.
John of Salisbury, and even remnants of Tocqueville can be seen. However, amongst all the ideas in the book that can be associated with Political Thought, I have narrowed those that I want to really state on into 3 points. These are the ones that actually caught my attention and made me think of what kind of government are these pigs attempting to run? First would be the depiction of what seemed to be a democracy. Snowball and Napoleon, after their uprising versus old Farmer Jones, developed a form of federal government wherein everybody’s interests were generally sought after.
Snowball even created committees wherein the other animals could discover particular type of work to make an application for the benefit of the whole community (e. i. Blacksmithing and carpentering). He likewise made opportunities for everyone to become educated as he promoted the other animals to discover how to check out and compose and not just take part in work. Aside from this, we can also take a look at how they went about with their governance and how it can be called a democracy of sorts.
They had the basic components of a democracy and initially practiced choice making that involved all the stakeholders, ratification and proper assessments of individuals included, deciding by means of majority and popular vote, and they worked out intrigue as Snowball and Napoleon continuously evaluated each others’ concepts. Nevertheless, as time passed and as the computing little piggy called Napoleon prepared his takeover of the farm the democracy began to diminish and eventually fall apart. This leads us to my 2nd point that revolves around Cicero’s idea that every kind of federal government can be perverted.
The as soon as thought to be democratic Animal Farm is now under new management, a dictatorial rule led by the greedy little piggy. The once famed mantra stating that “All animals are equivalent.” had actually been changed to “All animals are equivalent, but some [the pigs] are more equivalent than the others.” This now defeats the function of equality among residents, or in this case the animals, due to the fact that there is a hierarchy of equality. If others are more equal than the rest, then there is no equality at all, right?
Other circumstances wherein democracy can be seen to have been perverted by Napoleon’s dictatorship are seen in the following: rejection of what ought to be because of the other animals in terms of proper rations and workloads or lack of justice, the censorship of information and the lack of transparency between the pigs and the other animals, and the lack of checks and balance as there is no one monitoring the government and what it is doing. Finally, my last point in fact originates from 3 various individuals, these being St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Salisbury, and Rousseau. What are common with them are their views on what laws are.
St. Aquinas states that laws ought to attend to a specific end and that end must be the typical excellent, according to Rousseau laws reflect what individuals desire, and St. John states that there should be “Love for Justice” so that laws are appropriately implemented and not mistreated. However, with the perverted democracy that Napoleon governed under, all of these ideas of what laws must be and how they are followed were neglected, or as we would state in Tagalog, “binaboy”. The laws made at first for the good of all the animals in the farm were now prejudiced to the pigs and did not address a particular specific great for all.
They now merely showed what the pigs wanted and not what the other animals did. There was likewise no “Love for Justice” practiced by Napoleon and his cronies as they abused the extremely laws that they were implied to uphold, bending them to their will and changing them at an impulse. This is not what a correct federal government is to do. They serve themselves and their typical piggy-interests rather of representing and serving those whom they work for, the citizens of Animal Farm. With all that has actually taken place, it seems as however in the end Animal Farm was back to square one which progression actually developed into regression.
They started out falling an oppressive farmer, who exhausted them and did not give them enough rations, and they ended up having a pig in power that was doing practically the very same thing. They said that “All practices of man are wicked” and that “Man is wicked” however then their leaders themselves slowly began to embody the really evil that they despised and tried to eliminate. The cycle of governance has actually turned 360 instead of 180. And all I can say is that the initially excellent government that they had established was now completely shovelled it in.