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    USA spreads Democracy which leads to tyranny, USA spreads tyranny? We're a Republic!

    http://mises.org/daily/3849

    Democracy and Faits Accomplis

    Mises Daily: Monday, December 28, 2009 by Robert Higgs

    [From Property, Freedom and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe.]

    No institution of modern life commands as much veneration as democracy. It comes closer than anything else to being the supreme object of adoration in a global religion. Anyone who denies its righteousness and desirability soon finds himself a pariah. One may get away with denouncing motherhood and apple pie, but not with speaking ill of democracy, which is now the principal icon of political and social life throughout the world. Many people are atheists, but few are antidemocrats.

    Worship of this particular political arrangement has emerged relatively recently, however, and in earlier ages political philosophers were more apt to condemn democracy than to praise it. Aristotle, whose views received great weight for millennia, did not recommend democracy highly. Along with many other criticisms of this type of government, he wrote in his Politics:

    1313b: 32-41: The final form of democracy has characteristics of tyranny: women dominate in the household so that they can denounce their husbands, slaves lack discipline, and flatterers — demagogues — are held in honor. The people wish to be a monarch.

    1295b: 39-1296a5: It is best for citizens in a city-state to possess a moderate amount of wealth because where some have a lot and some have none the result is the ultimate democracy or unmixed oligarchy. Tyranny can result from both these extremes. It is much less likely to spring from moderate systems of government.

    1276a: 12-14: Some democracies, like tyrannies, rest on force and are not directed toward the common advantage.

    1312b: 35-38: Ultimate democracy, like unmixed and final oligarchy, is really a tyranny divided [among a multitude of persons].[1]

    The founders of the United States of America had mixed views about democracy. Nearly all of them seem to have feared it more than they respected it. They recognized that concessions to fairly wide participation in politics might have to be made to placate the masses — who, after all, had served as cannon fodder in the recently concluded war of secession from the British Empire — but they designed a system in which voting would be hobbled and circumscribed, so that the common people would be kept from giving direct vent to their passions by seizing control of the government and using it to plunder the rich. The founders conspicuously feared "mob rule" and associated it with untrammeled democracy. All of the newly independent states required property-holding and other qualifications for voting, and, in practice, the franchise was limited in most places to a small minority of the population — a subset of the adult, white males. The Constitution of the United States does not contain the word democracy, although it stipulates certain protocols for the election of officials, and it relies instead on federalism and the separation of powers to preserve liberty...
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    Ever wonder about our Democrats and Republicans? What do those two terms even mean? As conservatives who are trying to preserve the libertarian principals of our founding fathers it is our job to make sure that Republicans stand up for the Republic, not Democracy! And that comes to foreign policy as well...

    I have to admit that it was the monetary issue that really got me so interested in Ron Paul, but over time foreign policy became more and more important. The reason being is that whatever harm we do to ourselves though our government, as bad as it is, we do to ourselves. Our foreign policy has so much bad effect on the rest of the world through propping up puppet dictatorships or spreading democracy through the barrel of a gun. Not only are we doing evil by literally killing others but then installing brutal regimes which continue the cruelty. That is the reason as a conservative libertarian, foreign policy is the number one issue on which I will never compromise on.
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

    "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
    - Mark Twain

    "I'm Ron Paul, I'm a Congressman from Texas serving in my tenth term, I am the champion of the Constitution." 05/03/07 - revolution restarts



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