Why Do We Call Democracy An "Ideal" Government?

Reply Sun 14 Feb, 2021 08:05 am
Political scientists in schools everywhere will tell you that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" ( this isn't true btw, historically, the most corrupt were also the most ambitious, tyrants who killed for the throne, while people who didn't want the job often had the best rule) and how wonderful democracy is because it allows people to vote for people they want in office.
Moving aside the fact that this is actually a republic with an electoral college, and a true democracy is closer to what happens in a lynch mob ( "the tyranny of the masses"), moving aside the fact that you seldom have a truly free system since the campaign trail typically involves lots of travel and lots of money rather than cheaper methods of exposure (meaning only the rich are likely to even run for president), you still have to worry about the fact that the system encourages this very sort of corrupt ambition. But it gets worse. Suppose 49 people wanted to go to the prom and 51 parents opposed? You wouldn't have a prom. Now suppose these "parents" were politicians and 84% of them wanted to raise taxes, but because of loopholes that they knew about, they never have to pay them. And suppose these 84% made up the Congress and Senate only, which is maybe 200 to 500 people, in a country of 300 million. In other words, a "majority" of politicians want more tax money, but this majority is actually an oligarchy.
But never mind that. Whether it is only 1 person or 49 people, how does this amount to anything other than bullying? I want to go to the prom. Why should it make any difference what 98 people want to do? As long as the school has money for the prom, it could just be me and my lover, the cameraman, and the caterers.

In my opinion, an absolute monarchy is way better than any democracy:
- If the guy rules poorly, he lives in a castle, and can be firebombed or even sieged against. Elected officials often have private homes, and I couldn't tell you where Northam or Pelosi or AOC live to complain or bash their heads in.
- The sheer level of intrigue. Aside from having multiple kids in line for the throne, the greedy grasping for power is not nearly that of a land with rules and laws. The king is born the king, and as long as they hold their crown, that's that.
- The manipulation of voters. Democracy (or republic) is not about job fitness. It's a popularity contest. In a monarchy, you don't have people voting for candidates just because they look friendly or because the ads told them the other guy eats babies. In a monarchy, until tax time, the average citizen can go about their life. In a democracy, voters get to live the whole four years worried that what the guy they believed in and voted for betrayed their interests. In other words, they are held personally responsible for allowing taxes to be raised, riots in the streets, and so on. And don't think not voting frees you from this. "You only have yourself to blame for not voting!" some asshole will tell you. Why? Because both candidates turned out to be jerks? Because I wanted not to participate in a rigged system? Because I'd rather God ( theocratic anarchy) or a king rule instead?
-The levels of illusion inherent in such a system. In an absolute monarchy, the king can probably kill off any oligarchs. In a democracy, there are layers upon layers of deep state or secret government. It really isn't Trump or Biden running things. It's one of the Rothschild people or maybe some corporate types or maybe Soros or someone we've never heard of.
-In short, better a king being excessive than people under the delusion that they made the right choice while some other group says not my president. You're correct. Trump or Biden isn't your president. It's the lobbyists, the secret government groups like CIA or whatever, and the mega-rich backers.
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Reply Wed 17 Feb, 2021 09:19 pm
For all its flaws, Democracy prevents a government that is truly unacceptable to the majority from being imposed on that majority.

That puts it a step ahead of all other forms of government.
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