If the Arab Spring is good for democracy, then it has to be good for diversity, right? We know that democracy and diversity are virtually the same thing: Both words begin with a “d,” end with a “y,” and by definition are good. Who isn’t aware that minority protection (indeed, minority promotion) is the essence of majority rule?previous
American intellectuals are confident of this because the Nazis were against democracy and diversity. And if you’ve heard of Hitler, what more do you need to know about history?
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Wrote Mr. Mark Hackard over at Alternative Right:
Terror and tyranny are inevitable byproducts of democracy, the one legitimate form of rule permitted by Washington to the tribes of humanity.Wrote Mr. Charles Coulombe over at Taki's Magazine:
Tyranny is not democracy’s tragic demise, but the logical consummation of its progress.
Until November we will endure the quadrennial ritual of seeing men of questionable ability and ethics accuse each other of having questionable ability and ethics.Wrote Mr. Ben O'Neill over at Mises Daily:
[W]hen people talk about the importance of democracy, it is never democracy as it has ever actually functioned, with the politicians that have actually been elected, and the policies that have actually been implemented. It is always democracy as people imagine it will operate once they succeed in electing "the right people" — by which they mean, people who agree almost completely with their own views, and who are consistent and incorruptible in their implementation of the resulting policies.Wrote Mr. Pat Buchanan over at The American Conservative:
Does McFaul believe democracy is a universally superior system of government? Yet our own founding fathers detested one-man, one-vote democracy. Democracy does not even get a mention in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Federalist Papers.Also, Mr. Keith Preston pondered modern rights thinking over at Alternative Right early this month.
The author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, believed society should be ruled by a “natural aristocracy” of “virtue and talent.”
If the promotion of democracy is a mission of our diplomats, are we to subvert the monarchies of Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia?
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
His business is never what it pretends to be. Ostensibly he is an altruist devoted whole-heartedly to the service of his fellow-men, and so abjectly public-spirited that his private interest is nothing to him. Actually he is a sturdy rogue whose principal, and often sole aim in life is to butter his parsnips. His technical equipment consists simply of an armamentarium of deceits. It is his business to get and hold his job at all costs. If he can hold it by lying he will hold it by lying; if lying peters out he will try to hold it by embracing new truths.And also, slightly in a Mencken spirit:
What makes democracy work so well? Ignorance. The majority of voters don’t know anything about the issues and of course have no idea what candidates will do once in office. Ecologist Iain Couzin at Princeton figures this makes democracy work great.
Over at The State Column, Fidel Castro is quoted:
The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is – and I mean this seriously – the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been.
H/T: Laurence Vance, the LRC Blog
Saturday, January 28, 2012
This week I overheard a discussion on monarchy vs. republic. It was claimed in this discussion that since the royals do not have surnames and do not have the right vote, they are not allowed to be human.
What is one to say?
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Poll Results: What Is the Significance of the Return of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force?
The results for the poll, asking what is the significance of the return of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, ending at midnight between 2011 and 2012, are as follows:
Total votes: 40.
- It shows us that "time can run back," both for symbolism and real content: 14 (35%)
- The monarchy is here to stay, but "time does not run back": 10 (25%)
- They returned?: 5 (12%)
- It shows us that "time can run back," but only for symbolism: 3 (7%)
- Significant, but none of the [given alternatives for significance]: 3 (7%)
- Nothing: 2 (5%)
- Who cares?: 2 (5%)
- An isolated symbolic event: 1 (2%)
- The return of colonialism: 0 (0%)
Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Monday, January 9, 2012
Said Mr. Andy Nowicki a few years ago:
But on a less theoretical level, I loathe democracy because I hate elections. Election time always puts me in a sour mood, but not so much because of the crassness and phoniness of the various candidates vying for positions of power, since that is only to be expected. And not so much, either, because the state holds elections, although I do oppose them on a fundamental, philosophical level. No, what truly gets under my skin are the relentless commands to hold the "democratic process" in such high esteem.And:
Put simply, I'm tired of being lectured by pompous celebrities about the importance of voting.
I don't want to live in a country where politics invades and permeates every facet of our lives.
H/T: Kalim Kassam
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
A dozen decades ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien was born.
The great writer wrote in a letter to Christopher Tolkien:
My political beliefs lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to 'unconstitutional' Monarchy ... Give me a king whose chief interest in life is stamps, railways, or race-horses; and who has the power to sack his Vizier (or whatever you care to call him) if he does not like the cut of his trousers.Mr. Theodore Harvey has a collection of links and yours truly did a piece a few years ago; The Return of the King.