Dumbocracy

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-09-18 00:24

Recently, Sean Hannity interviewed mega-slimeball Alan Colmes about the Islamaelstrom currently engulfing the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia. Sean was trumpeting his own prescience in predicting the course Egypt would take under the Muslim Brotherhood. Colmes triumphantly rejoindered: "You wanted democracy! And the Muslim Brotherhood was democratically elected!" Hannity had no response except a lame, "I don't know why I like you." (I don't know why he does either.) This exchange pointed up yet again the mortal damage one does to liberty by equating it with democracy. Mindful of this, I am here reprising my Stratos TV "peritorial" on the subject:

Winston Churchill once said that the best argument against democracy was a five-minute conversation with the average voter. These days, the average voter couldn't even sustain a five-minute conversation. [These days, in fact, the best argument against democracy is five seconds on Faecesbook.] Government education and the culture it has engendered have combined to make the mob unprecedentedly dumb, not to mention sullenly dependent. But still they have the vote. That's why we can't make any headway against the problems that assail us.

Democracy, said my late friend William Weddell, is counting heads regardless of their content: and politicians have done their evil best to make sure that content is zero.

How democracy works can be summed up in 7 p-words: Power-lusting Politicians Promise to Plunder the Productive to Pay Parasites.

Politicians are parasites themselves. They produce nothing, unless you consider hot air and lies to be among the fruits of productivity, and live off some of that loot they steal from the productive, whose enterprises they somewhat perversely constantly thwart.

Politicians are interested in one thing only: power.

To get power in a democracy, they must garner votes.

To get votes in a democracy like ours, steeped in envy of and hatred for the productive, they must make promises to the unproductive.

They strive to outbid each other with money stolen from the productive. Elections become, as H.L. Mencken said, “advance auctions of stolen goods.” Politicians, said Nikita Khruschev, who knew, are the same the world over: they promises bridges everywhere, even where there's no river.

They may or may not intend to keep their promises; they don't actually care, as long as they win power.

Not for nothing are politicians regarded as among the lowest of life forms. They are. There are exceptions of course, and there is a role for politicians—honest ones—in a free and civilised society. Legalised thievery and thuggery is not part of it. What is? That'll be one of the questions I'll pursue with my guest tonight.

For now I want you to hold this thought, one of Thomas Jefferson's: “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”

The same Thomas Jefferson observed, "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."

If he was right both times, as I believe he was, then the only person as rotten as the congenital power-seeker is the voter who gives it to him.

What is right is no more a matter of numbers than what is true. It's not democracy we should seek; it's liberty, with democracy entirely subordinate to it. Exactly what America's Founding Fathers intended.


Yes

Doug Bandler's picture

Here. Here. More needs to be said with regards to Islam and Muslims but this is what we should hear more of. Why is the ARI not saying it? Why is the Objectivist movement so weak on the subject of Muslims?

Then what he have here...

Ross Elliot's picture

...is a pretty good argument for getting out of the Middle East.

To leave them to their worst. To realise that that values Western society holds dear are anathema to that whole area.

That to sacrifice Americans and their allies upon Middle east welfare, is a misbegotten, irrational and cruel idea.

We do the least we need to do to secure the oil we most certainly need, but no more.

Linz, Romney bucks the trend...

Marcus's picture

"The Republican nominee is shown saying the 47% of Americans who back the president do not pay income tax and would never vote for him.

"I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Mr Romney says.

In a late-night appearance, Mr Romney said his remarks were not "elegantly stated", but did not retract them."

Yes, but...

Doug Bandler's picture

Yes, liberty being equated with democracy is a massive error; one that the Left has successfully wielded to turn America into an increasingly socialist cesspool. Its also one that most mainstream Conservatives also make; Hannity being a good example.

But there is a deeper error here and that is a failure to understand that Islam is a warrior religion and that Muslim societies are savage and barbaric and cannot be changed. If you give Islamic populations "democracy" they will vote in Sharia which is closest to their hearts.

What NO ONE understands - not Leftist or Conservative or Objectivist - is that Islam is a cancer that can not exist in the West without destroying it. Islam and Muslims must be removed. I don't expect the Left or even mainstream Conservative to get this, but it is my deep wish that the O'ist movement will move down this direction. But no significant Objectivists are anywhere near understanding the evil of Islam and that it must be isolated and quarantined. Only Ed Cline comes close.

I feel like a sane man in an insane world. Or a man with vision living in a world of the blind. So sad.

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I should add that I was listening to Hannity earlier and he kept using the term "radical Islamist". I wanted to spit. I know Hannity is a good guy and not a lowlife scumbag like Chris Mathews or Keith Olberman or Ed Schultz (what an insane Leftist he is). But still, the fact that Hannity and every other Conservative (including a smart guy like Mark Steyn) can't bring themselves to say that we are at war with Islam tells you all that you need to know.

Its amazing, no one not even O'ists, can say that we are at war with Islam and that Jihadists are true Muslims. We have to use weasel words like "Islamist" or "Jihadist" or "Islamic Totalitarians", etc. What a weak people we have become in the West. On my darker days I really hope the whole fucking thing comes crashing down. We deserve it, O'ists included.

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