Monday, December 31, 2012

Some Musings on Democracy and Monarchy

From the past forty days:

The XX Committee explains why the EU is not the Habsburg Monarchy 2.0.

Virtue Politics defends monarchy.

Over at The Archdruid Report, John Michael Greer states:

Yet real democracy, meaning the sort of democracy that is capable of existing in the real world, is always plagued with corruption. If you give people the right to dispose of their vote however they wish, after all, a fair number of them will wish to sell that vote to the highest bidder in as direct a fashion as the local laws allow. If you give public officials the responsibility to make decisions, a fair number of them will make those decisions for their own private benefit. If you give voters the right to choose public officials, in turn, and give candidates for public office the chance to convince the public to choose them, you’ve guaranteed that a good many plausible rascals will be elected to office, because that’s who the people will choose. That can’t be avoided without abandoning democracy altogether.
Whereafter he follows up with a well-known Churchillian fallacy. argues that all democracies fail.

Over at Nepal 24 Hours, Dirgha Raj Prasai reasons for a Nepalese restoration.

Over at Chronicles Magazine, writes Srdja Trifkovic:
Democracy could “work” if it was a democracy of and for and by the right people, but that model is fit only for the Post-Raptorial Republic of Angels. In a non-Utopian world it cannot work because “We the People” is a corrupt mélange of mostly coarse individuals pretending to be Gods. Democracy has duly ruined the remnant of what used to be Christendom. The final stage of the process is proceeding apace: having divorced reason from faith, the West is rapidly sinking into moral, cultural and demographic self-destruction. The Citizen’s self-validating reason guarantees that there are no checks and no balances.

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