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On The Will To Power And Democracy

06 July 2019 @ 17:42

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty.

—John Adams, The Works Of John Adams, Second President Of The United States, Vol. VI (1851)

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has posted a very thoughtful and discerning article [Which Gringos Are to Blame for the Ongoing Disaster in Central America?] on the situation in Latin America vis-a-vie the state of our relations with that region.  I highly recommend you read it.

One part of his essay has led me to write this post:

…conservatives have to resist the temptation of embracing liberals’ quasi-religious belief in “democracy” as a universal panacea that can cure all the problems of all people at all times. Given the recent results of “democracy” in, say, San Francisco or Chicago, do Americans really wish to impose such a system everywhere? Representative government works best where there is a large middle class and widespread economic prosperity; trying to force-feed “democracy” to the ignorant peasantry of Iraq and Afghanistan didn’t work out so well, and American conservatives ought to be hesitant to condemn “right-wing” elements in Latin America or other places who resist any “democracy” that would mean allowing radicals and revolutionaries to turn their countries into Marxist-Leninist hellholes. The rise of populist right-wingers like Viktor Orban in Hungary and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil suggests that it is possible for democracy to produce effective antidotes to leftism in countries where the social, economic and cultural conditions are favorable. We ought not despair for the possibility that such leaders might yet emerge in countries like Honduras, so that real democracy — the rule of law — can restore order, ending the migration crisis.

It’s not just Liberals who hold this fanatic belief in Democracy as the ‘World’s Savior’.  You must also include the Neo-Conservatives, and the capital ‘L’ Libertarians.

Democracy is not friendly to Constitutional Republicanism — in fact, it is Repugnant.

A system of government designed to be a Democracy is easily undermined by those with The Will To Power; it’s a lot harder to do so in a Constitutional Republic — witness the fact that it’s taken The Left In America a century-and-a-half to do it here, whereas in places like Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and so many others, it only took a few years.

As an example, let’s take a look at what happened in Russia in the aftermath of The Fall Of The Soviet Union…

The Western Eggheads — especially the American ones — encouraged Russia to adopt a full-blown Western-style Democracy.  The result: the very Corrupt Regime of Boris Yeltsin, followed by the Fascist Dictatorship of Vladimir Putin.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn understood the dangers of imposing a Western copy of High-Level Democracy.  He strongly advocated infusing the Russian people with an understanding of representative government and what The Rule Of Law means by starting at the closest possible local level: through a reconstituting of the Zemstvo — the Russian equivalent of our city councilors and our Town Meeting systems.

In his magisterial work, Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent From Ideology, Daniel Mahoney explains AS’s view [re-paragraphing mine]:

…By accumulating the evidence of a Russian tradition or traditions of local self-rule, Solzhenitsyn suggests that the resuscitation of zemstvo-style institutions will not be mere imposition on a people without any historical experience of liberty. Perhaps Russians have a fighting chance to govern themselves, since these earlier examples of self-government leave an echo or residue in the national soul.

But Solzhenitsyn is fully aware of the obstacles that Russia faces in this regard after a decade of ‘facade’ democracy, [followed by] seventy years of communist totalitarianism, and [before all that] three centuries of centralized imperial aristocracy. In Russia In Collapse he responds to naysayers by appealing to national pride. Russians have no alternative but to make the effort to learn how to govern themselves. Through that very effort, Russians  will begin to acquire the habits that are necessary to make self-government work. It is only through this heroic effort at organizing themselves for self-government that Russia will show ‘what they are worth an, of what destiny they are worthy.’  [Daniel Mahoney, Chapter Six: Solzhenitsyn’s ‘Tocquevillian’ Defense]

Russia, sadly and Tragically, never got a chance to try this, especially once the Western invasion of  Liberals, Neo-Conservatives, and Libertarians flooded the country with their Quasi-Utopian Nonsense and Western Ideologies.

Out of all of the ideas for what the Russians should do once the Soviets fell from power, Mr. Solzhenitsyn offered the better idea — although I remain skeptical of it working, but it, unlike all of the other plans, had, I believe, the best chance of succeeding because, unlike those others, it spoke to The Russian Soul.

A Restoration of the Tsar as a Constitutional Monarch as Head Of State with a President as Head Of Government on top of the Federalist System, Mr. Solzhenitsyn proposed, would have had a shot at working because it would Reconcile the need for self-government at the Local Level with a Tsar who could unite the nation and a President, elected by a Russian version of our Electoral College [or appointed by the Tsar, said power of appointment to be terminated in a decade or so] who could get his hands dirty in Politics.

Further, for another example, we can also look at Iraq where the imposition of a Democratic System has led to an anti-Western regime that has caused us nothing but problems and continues to do so.

There is a reason why The Muslim Brotherhood cheered and supported the installation of Democracy.  They knew they were being a gift that could be easily turned into an effective tool for subverting it.

As to the rise of ‘populist right-wingers like Viktor Orban in Hungary and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’: Populism is the tool of those seeking power through Democratic Means, which means they are easily subject to The Totalitarian Impulse.  Enough with the descendants of Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla.

Liber Populus quod destrui est!

  1. bill589 permalink
    06 July 2019 @ 18:35 18:35

    In the 70’s I was taught in grade school that our founders/framers knew that democracies never work and that is why the USA is a constitutional republic.

    • 07 July 2019 @ 18:05 18:05

      I wasn’t then, but, after all, I did live in The People’s Republic Of Massachusetts. The Leftist Virus was at epidemic-stage in the Bay State already in the 1970’s.

  2. Molon Labe permalink
    07 July 2019 @ 22:45 22:45

    Our founders wrote a great constitution but it was deeply flawed. It didn’t protect states rights sufficiently against evil and ambitious men. It didn’t limit terms of elected officials nor protect against a federal system of apparatchiks, and finally it didn’t protect the nation against a judicial system that could easily run amok.

    One body of Congress could propose taxes, another how to spend such revenues, but a third would have to sanction such proposal in order to slow down the proposals and prevent machine politics and emotional reactions to “emergencies.” Finally states should have been sovereign in regard to most classes of law and the federal government prohibited from interfering with contracts, wages, private property, housing, land, and conditions of employment, education, and health.

    Finally at no time can the state make any law that doesn’t apply to the legislature as well as the public nor should the government fund quasi private ventures or sanction “foundations” that remain untaxed and gain incredible, unaccountable power.


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