The Land Across(novel) – Gene Wolfe
“This is a lecture and you do not have to read it. I just want to say something about dictators and dictatorships.
Dictators get in when democracy sucks. The elected governments do a bad job, one after another, or they are so crooked the elections no longer matter and nobody cares. Are dictators bad? Sure. But some are worse than others. Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot were about as bad they come, but there have been a whole bunch of others. They were bad, too, but look at the governments they replaced and the governments that replaced them.
If you do not want a dictatorship here, vote. But be careful who you vote for, and be careful about who gets on the ballot. Democracy means rule by the people, and if the people will not do the job – well, somebody is going to step in and do it for them.
Spreading democracy is a really good idea and I am all for it. Just keep in mind that ruling is work. It means staying informed and making the tough choices. And if the people do not want to do the work of ruling, democracy will not work. It is a lot easier to shoot a dictator then it is to replace one with something better.”
As Elmer T. Peterson once wrote: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.” I tend to agree. Note, however, that this country isn’t a democracy for a number of reasons. For one, our “vote” is a hilarious joke amongst the bankers that run the United States and its economy by way of the Federal Reserve Bank. Make no mistake about it: our leaders are SE-lected into office. Second, the founding fathers did not envision a “democracy” in the first place. The system of government they established – at least in theory – was a Republic. In a republic, people possess certain INalienable rights. INalienable rights can never be transferred or relinquished. The people of a democracy possess UNalienable rights, which can transfer (even unknowingly) given consent by the owner. Ultimately, then, democracy is indeed no better than “two wolves and a sheep, voting on what to have for dinner.” (James Bovard)
I like this. I have to read some of Bovard’s work. Thanks.
nah its anarchy
democracy does not excite in this country anymore.it started in the 60″ its just a label that doesn’t mean anything anymore
It’s now called totalitarianism.