Before you die; take a moment to think about your sacrifice.
“Despite popular rhetoric, democracy is not synonymous with freedom. Taking something without permission is theft, but not when the majority goes along with it and calls it taxation. Matters that should be of no interest to any other person (e.g., what a person chooses to do with his or her body) become matters of public policy when the majority says so.”- Brian Drake(?)
I do not know who Brian Drake is. Please let me know if you have a link that correlates with this quote. Nevertheless, the confusion between freedom and democracy is prevalent in society, so I started here.
“Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on whats for dinner. Liberty is a well armed sheep protesting the vote.” — James Bovard
I know you will hate me if I am the first one to plant the thought in your mind. Please redirect all the frustration and anger toward the original author. There is a link to biographies in the name after each quote.
The concept of democracy, when applied to a small group, sounds egregious. But, I am not even going to plant in your head the seeds of unbearable pain and doubt when you consider tribal societies where gang rapes and female genital mutilation are practiced. Some of those are, in fact, democracies that elect their leaders by simple majority rules.
“Democracy (n.): Government of the sheep, by the shepherds, for the wolves.”–”Lucifer’s Lexicon: The Portable L.A. Rollins”by L. A. Rollins, Chip Smith, et al.
Correctly identifying the sheep, shepherds and wolves, is the challenge, dear reader. Citizens are the sheep, politicians are the shepherds, and donors are the big dire wolves. But, judging from the pathetic IQ level of most politicians, always-on display of stupidity, we better start reading into the excellent manipulation job done by their puppet-masters.
This is the same on both sides of the political spectrum. While we have our personal biases to deal with, once you realize you are being manipulated just as much as everyone else, you will be at least a bit less gullible.
Not that it is your power actually to do something about it. Just vote. It is pretty much all you can do. Choose the more innocuous of the candidates. Get yourself rid of the illusion of power and play along. If you don’t vote at all, there is an excellent probability the worse candidates win. You are going to take the pill, either the blue or the red one, at least participate in choosing the color. Good boy!
“Democracy is no solution — it’s just 51% bossing the other 49% around. For God’s sake, Hitler was democratically elected! Democracy is just mob rule dressed up in a coat and tie.” - Doug Casey
“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” — Winston Churchill
Talking about pills, placing the wrong people in government will kill you. But, regardless of how disillusioned you may be, it can get worse. A lot worse. So take the exercise seriously.
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter” — Unknown.
I found this is to be funny as hell. What can I say? I have a twisted sense of humor. I find the concept that a majority of individuals is blessed with wisdom amusing.
“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses. Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.” – H.L Mencken
Sometimes our puppet-masters momentarily lose control over the monkeys. In those moments, it does look like the animals are running the circus.
“We talk about democracy as if it’s a safeguard for individual rights… Instead, it’s become our way of intruding on rights, allegedly in the name of that most collectivist of concepts: The Common Good.”–Jonathan David Morris
This one hits me right where it hurts the most. It is a check-mate on individual freedom — the root of everything I despise as a libertarian.
Come cry in the corner; I have cookies.