Comment on: Not Against Democracy by Jason Kuznicki


However well balanced the general pattern of a nation's life ought to be, there must at particular times be certain disturbances of the balance at the expense of other less vital tasks. If we do not succeed in bringing the German army as rapidly as possible to the rank of premier army in the world...then Germany will be lost! - Adolf Hitler
This decision demands a major national commitment of scientific and technical manpower, materiel and facilities, and the possibility of their diversion from other important activities where they are already thinly spread. - John F. Kennedy, Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs
Donors to the Libertarian Party were recently given the freedom to use their donations to signal which potential convention theme is the most urgent/vital/important/necessary/relevant/valuable. Here are the top results...

$6,222 – I’m That Libertarian!
$5,200 – Building Bridges, Not Walls
$1,620 – Pro-Choice on Everything
$1,377 – Empowering the Individual
$395 – The Power of Principle

The theme "Taxation Is Theft" received $15.42. Thanks to the Invisible Hand we can all see and know the order (relative importance) of the potential themes.

Democracy, in comparison, simply allows us to see and know how popular something is. Why is knowing how popular something is more important than knowing how valuable it is? In your essay you mentioned the market but... for some reason you really didn't consider it to be an alternative to democracy. Why is that? Do you not understand how the Invisible Hand makes decisions? Do you not trust the Invisible Hand to make decisions? Do you truly believe that the Democratic Hand will make superior decisions? If so, why? What is it, exactly, about cheap talk that you find more trustworthy than people's willingness to sacrifice?

What's rather ironic about the potential LP convention themes is the glaring absence of the most important theme... "The Invisible Hand Ordering Things". Evidently the LP thought that the Invisible Hand was important enough to order the potential themes but not important enough to be one of them.

For whatever reason you didn't include the Invisible Hand as a potential option either. You carefully compared democracy to some $#@!ty alternatives and then declared democracy to be the winner.

Also, in your essay you said, "...and we let everyone vote. Indeed, we insist on it." Actually, we don't let kids or foreigners vote. But for the most part we do let them spend their money.