The government on Friday published a circular explaining its rules of procedure and sovereign plan of action for the coming years with the aim of increasing transparency, announcing a broad rejection of reactionary and old-fashioned principles and values including democracy, justice, human rights and freedom.
The circular said these principles, which were developed in the Hellenistic era, are no longer practical or desirable at this crucial moment in the nation’s history.
“Back then, city residents were counted in the thousands, and there were no political parties or large numbers of opposition figures,” the statement said. “Now your numbers are in the millions, and everyone has an opinion, and it is too difficult to allow each one of you to express it as if you were in a some lalaland, and these resources can be put to better use fighting internal enemies and dealing with protests due to the rise in the price of food staples.”
“We live in a high speed world and we do not have the time for this nonsense, which will lead to a backwards, slow, dumb society where issues are debated at length,” the circular added. “You should by now realize that democracy and freedom is a waste of time, particularly since we rarely take your opinions into account anyway.”
The government said it was closely examining a number of philosophical and intellectual disciplines to arrive at an overarching ideological base for its actions, including nihilism and opportunism, but would in the meantime retain its entrenched, principled stand of having no principles.