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The Case Against Democracy in a Free Society

Jack Parkos | United States

“We must do (X)!” says the politician. “We must do it to save democracy!” To the democratic politician, democracy is like its child; they ignore or rebuke all who critique it. But in reality, democracy deserves much criticism for its failures.

Indeed, many people grow up thinking democracy is the last step in political theory. Democratic republicanism is the only way and it must spread throughout the world, say the many. It may seem we live under a great system where everyone has a say in the government. However, all that this means is that everyone else has a say over your life.

From Republic to Democracy

In the United States, we are a republic. However, it has become more democratic throughout the years. For example, one no longer must own property to vote. As a result, those without property may vote to implement or increase property taxes, involving themselves in a matter that does not affect them. Furthermore, criminals and the uneducated have as much power as you. They can vote your rights away with ease. The democratic politician relies on the lower class to gain power.

Without a doubt, democracy can economically incentivize unsuccessful behavior. Under our democracy, antidiscrimination laws often protect those who do not succeed by virtue of alleged equality. For example, schools may no longer choose how they fund their athletics because of gender “equality”.

A Restriction of Rights

Democracy is simply a violation of private property. It is a way for some to receive free stuff at the expense of others. Universal suffrage allows for the uninformed groups to decide what the informed must do.

If the right to vote were expanded to seven year olds … its policies would most definitely reflect the ‘legitimate concerns’ of children to have ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ access to ‘free’ french fries, lemonade and videos. – Hans-Hermann Hoppe 

Moreover, after democracy came to be, communism and Nazism were able to rise through a democratic process. Democracy can just as easily lead to tyranny as any other form of government.

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. – Plato

In a democracy, a tyrant needs only 51% of the people to support him and his tyrannical actions are legitimate. 51% can never truly constitute the will of the people, and neither can any other figure less than 100%. Majority support does not make an action morally right. A popular vote does not decide ethics.

Poor Democratic Leaders

Under a free society, the best leaders would naturally rise and be chosen voluntarily. Under democratic rule, the worst leaders are generally going to be in charge. Deceptive people have an edge over honest people due to the fact that they don’t have to play by the rules; not doing so makes it a lot easier to garner votes.

Democracy is not based on the common good of the community but rather on irrational voter decisions. Plato uses an example of the doctor and a candyman. The doctor offers you the painful truth that ultimately will benefit you. He may do unpleasant procedures on you, but ultimately, you will see the gains. Meanwhile, the candyman offers you a lollipop. This, of course, is a lot more attractive.

Voters are historically unable to look at longterm consequences of actions, and as a result, many may pick the candyman. This is an excellent analogy. In truth, many democratic voters are like children wanting free goodies. “Free” healthcare and welfare are a lot more attractive to some than long-term and sustainable success that doesn’t come from someone else’s paycheck.

Better Alternatives

In a libertarian society, leaders would rise by protecting their people without stealing from others. It would all be voluntary, unlike democracy. A majority of others agreeing on something does not mean that everyone consents. For example, we can take Ben Franklin’s classical analogy of democracy:

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

According to the democratic politician’s logic, the lamb consented to be eaten because the majority of the wolves decided it was okay. Does this sound absurd? My neighbor deciding to steal my income is not freedom in any meaningful way.

Short-term Solutions

Unfortunately, a pure libertarian society is not around the corner. In spite of this, what is a good way to better safeguard rights? The best, most pragmatic short term solution is to “undemocratize” our country. The Founders required that one own land to vote, as they feared that those without land would attempt to steal the land of property owners (they were right; this has happened). It is fair that one should own property to vote, at least on issues regarding private property.

It is also worth debating whether prisoners and the uneducated should vote. Perhaps these are good ideas, perhaps not. But like all ideas, they should see a full and proper debate before reaching a verdict. Many may claim that such a notion is entirely unfair, from the start. How else, though, is it feasible to reduce the size and scope of government?

What Can We Do?

It is unlikely these exact policies will exist. However, those who seek to shrink the state should support any policy that makes us less democratic and prevents a tyranny of the majority. There should be requirements to vote that are worth discussing. These policies will make our country less democratic and more republican (in political theory terms, not the parties).

Naturally, nobody has the right to vote about what someone else does with their private property. But the less property the government steals, the better. Democracy is not liberty; it is an illusion of freedom that politicians can use to gain power.

The Founding Fathers warned us many times of what would happen. The pure libertarian society will not come anytime soon, but any action that supports liberty must be pursued. Naturally, less democracy is more freedom: true freedom.


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U.S. on Trial: The Death of Democracy

By Joseph Brown | United States
A lot has happened since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Yet, persisting through it all is the claim that the Russians got him there. Opponents of the current administration repeatedly cite Russian involvement to explain their defeat at the polls during the past presidential race, with a recent Senatorial report claiming that the Kremlin used numerous techniques to undermine the American political process. This report, among others, echoes the same apocalyptic message: the modern democratic process is under attack.

They’re right… At least, sort of.

First of all, the Department of Justice has recently concluded that this “unprecedented assault on Democracy” consisted of approximately $100,000 worth of Facebook advertisements. The vast majority of these were single pictures with simple slogans on them. This creates two possible scenarios. Either the iconic democratic process of the United States is fragile enough to be hopelessly toppled by a few memes, or the real problem is embedded deeper within American society.

The Russians may be the latest scapegoat of America’s politicians, but they certainly aren’t the most guilty. Democratic leaders are quick to condemn foreign powers of bearing responsibility for the outcome of domestic elections, yet over sixty percent of eligible voters neglected to vote in the most recent midterm elections. Were the Russians guilty of that too?

In the dynamic body of American civics, loyalty lies with the highest bidder. The deliberate cherry picking of outside influences shows that the Russian witch hunt in America is not about security. Rather, it relates to vested interests and agendas. The lack of federal transparency and accountability has led to degradation of the democratic process, not only within the States, but abroad as well. In fact, American involvement in foreign affairs far surpasses that of other nations in our affairs.

Since 1946, the United States has directly supported or interfered in the elections of over 80 countries; providing campaign aid, fiscal funding, training, and consultation to members of competing political parties that appeal to them. Imagine the outrage that would ensue if these statistics were true of Russia, or Iran. Dov Levin, an academic from the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University, calculated the vast scale of election interventions by the U.S. The results, calculated since the close of WWII, were astonishing. He determined American interests influenced 1 of every 9 worldwide competitive elections. Such meddling has occured across the globe, from Guatemala to Japan.

As far as the U.S. is concerned, bribe tactics have always been a favorite method of ensuring the outcomes of elections. Loch K. Johnson, the dean of American intelligence scholars, describes tactics used by the U.S. to guarantee these results. He said on the subject: “We’ve been doing this kind of thing since the C.I.A. was created in 1947…We’ve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners — you name it. We’ve planted false information in foreign newspapers. We’ve used what the British call ‘King George’s cavalry’: suitcases of Cash.”

Such was the case of the “democratic” elections of Italy. During them, American Intelligence Agencies paid political candidates to support their campaigns, or to drop out entirely. F. Mark Wyatt, a former C.I.A. officer, said in a 1996 interview: “We had bags of money that we delivered to selected politicians, to defray their expenses.”

If online ads are threats to international order, what does that make this?

As history repeats itself across the world, the very meaning of the word “democracy” changes from a government who proportionally represents its people, to a gang of wealthy puppets of American policy. Remember those 80+ countries whose elections the U.S. manipulated? It doesn’t even include situations when the U.S. staged a coup, regime change, or government overthrow. Bags of cash and propaganda are dirty tactics for sure, but they’re nothing compared to the darkness of American nation building. Since 1946, the United States has overthrown the legitimate governments of 35 nations, and is responsible for political upheaval that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

One of such cases is American involvement in El Salvador. Their society still bears the scars of American intervention to this day. After a coup staged by the United States was met with resistance from opposition groups, the country fell into 12 bitter years of civil war. The U.S. was deeply invested in the conflict, providing weapons, ammunition, and training to government forces. Ranking officers of the U.S. military even held senior positions in the Salvadorian army. Between 1980 and 1992, over 75,000 people were slaughtered, with the United Nations Truth Commission reporting that more than 85 percent of the killings, kidnappings, and torture had been the work of government forces.

Furthermore, In the Republic of Iran in 1951, the CIA overthrew enormously popular and democratically elected leader, Mohammad Mossadegh. Mossadegh had angered British powers when he nationalized the Iranian oil industry by unanimous vote in a democratic government. Angry that their colonial victim had given them the boot, British lobbyists convinced the United States to force Mossadegh from power. By supporting thugs and street gangs, the U.S. led a coup that killed hundreds of people, and eventually led to the radical uprising that governs Iran to this day.

Just in case you thought things couldn’t get any worse, the United States has consciously authorized the kidnapping of candidates, propped up authoritarian dictators, employed fascists, supplied terrorists, and compiled blacklists of political opponents for puppet governments to execute.
Just so we’re clear, the death toll of Putin’s memes is still zero.

“But listen” people will say. “Sure these things are bad, but the U.S. was fighting to preserve freedom.” or maybe “It’s different when we do it.” But “Do as we say, not as we do” is not a legitimate philosophy, and we should not treat it as such.

Sure. Foreign governments are involved, in one way or another, in influencing American elections. But don’t let the headliners and political maneuvering distract you from the truth: If the modern democratic process is broken, its blood is on the hands of the United States.

These sobering witnesses from around the world echo the message that the politicians on capitol hill aren’t willing to admit:

The single greatest threat to democracy is the United States government.

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