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What’s So Great About Voting? – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 19, 2018

Asking a philosophical non-voter to vote is like inviting a vegan out to a steakhouse.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/11/james-ostrowski/whats-so-great-about-voting/

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First, if voting is so great, why we do have to be constantly harangued, bullied, hectored and bribed into engaging in this marvelous activity?  Why do only half or less of the population vote in any given election?  Let’s ask the question a different way.  What percentage of kids fail to show up when Mom says, “breakfast is ready”?  They show up because they expect to receive a major benefit from showing up, especially when weighed against the minimal costs of running downstairs and grabbing a chair.

We have our answer.  Most people either don’t vote or do so out of habit or inertia and with little enthusiasm because they realize that the marginal benefit of doing so is so close to zero that only a mathematician could tell the difference.

Second, the propaganda is aimed at those who are the most ignorant and least concerned citizens.  How are their votes going to add to the quality of the result?  While awaiting that answer, I will move on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Republic or Democracy – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 9, 2018

Snowden said. “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with.”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/11/l-reichard-white/democracy/

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Remember this?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. …” –The Pledge of Allegiance

And how about this – – –

“We gave you a Republic if you can keep it.” –Benjamin Franklin

So we’ve pledged allegiance to the Republic the founders left for us. Not the democracy.

What’s the difference? Does it matter?

Despite the Pledge and the founders’ intentions, if you listen to “our” current U.S. politicos and main-stream media, you rarely hear “republic” mentioned. Instead we’re constantly barraged with “democracy.” Like this for example – – –

Clinton declares ‘crisis in our democracy,’ –Fox News

Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy –The Nation

“These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.” –Senator Chris Murphy August 6, 2018

How Wobbly Is Our Democracy? –The New York Times

Many think our democracy won’t survive Trump. –The Washington Post

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How do we keep getting dragged into this electoral spectator sport?

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 6, 2018

Not discussed enough is the actual money industries have riding on the elections. Which contractors will be enriched with federal dollars? The military contractors? Those peddling carbon credits?

I already know who is going to win the election. The government. And their cronies.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/how-do-we-keep-getting-dragged-into-this-electoral-spectator-sport/

By Joe Jarvis

It looks like a real spontaneous fight. But the match was planned, set up, with rules and parameters.

That’s an election. Except that it is shoved in all of our faces, while they lie and tell us it wasn’t a planned fight.

Not interested in seeing the blood and gore? Not interested in watching two people beat each other to a pulp? Well, you can turn off the boxing match, but good luck avoiding election coverage.

There wouldn’t be anything riding on the match if we weren’t all convinced to place bets on it. Now it matters. We’ve put down our wagers, we’ve added skin to the game, and now we care. Read the rest of this entry »

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Should the Electoral College Be Abolished? – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 17, 2018

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/10/walter-e-williams/the-electoral-college-debate/

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Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate’s confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was lamenting the fact that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, nominated by George W. Bush, and Justices Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, nominated by Donald Trump, were court appointments made by presidents who lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College vote.

Hillary Clinton has long been a critic of the Electoral College. Just recently, she wrote in The Atlantic, “You won’t be surprised to hear that I passionately believe it’s time to abolish the Electoral College.”…

A large part of Americans’ miseducation is the often heard claim that we are a democracy. The word “democracy” appears nowhere in the two most fundamental documents of our nation — Read the rest of this entry »

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Forum of Fools – Taki’s Magazine

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 6, 2018

The halitosis of the Times and Cohen’s intellect is overpowering at times—no pun intended—so my paternal advice to Takimag readers is to try to avoid Athens for those four days in late September and if need be go to Palm Beach instead.

http://takimag.com/article/forum-of-fools/#axzz5QEe0T0a0

by Taki

The New York Times has announced a forum to discuss democracy in the cradle of democracy, Athens, sometime in September of this year. It is as if the late John Gotti held a forum to discuss crime in Chicago, God rest his soul. Gotti committed crimes in order to live like a Sulzberger. Sulzberger commits crimes daily by slanting news and waging unremitting war on whites, Christians, and those of us who are attracted to the opposite sex.

In an advertisement for the upcoming forum in my hometown—as if we didn’t have enough problems already, as they say in Tel Aviv-on-the-Hudson—I noticed that “emerging democracies are backsliding into authoritarianism…” and other such slanders the Times publishes daily. This is a libel against Poland and Hungary, two nations that are resisting central control by Brussels and also telling illegal Africans to leg it back to their own continent.

But the reason I write this has nothing to do with the two best countries in Europe, which are both Christian as well as independent enough to tell the unelected capos in Brussels to shove it. I write because of the small print accompanying the advert:

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Democracy Is Fighting to Survive the Rise of Western Authoritarianism – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. Fox on June 3, 2018

EU official Gunther Oettinger said that it was “not acceptable” for Italians to vote for anti-establishment parties and threatened Italians with financial destabilization that would “teach them how to vote.”

Democracy in the US began it’s slow death about the time of the Whisky Rebellion.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/06/01/democracy-fighting-survive-rise-western-authoritarianism/

Paul Craig Roberts

The European peoples whose governments were paid to sell out the sovereignty of their nations to the EU are experiencing great difficulties in being permitted to govern themselves.

As the result of Italians’ frustration with the self-serving elite who have ruled Italy for decades, the recent democratic elections in Italy brought to power two anti-establishment political parties, Five-Star and Lega (League), that have solid majorities in both houses. However, the Italian president, an operative for the EU, attempted to appoint the prime minister independently of the election results, tried to himself appoint a “technocratic cabinet” that would ignore the democratic outcome, and succeeded in blocking the anti-establishment winners of the election from forming a government for three months…

Previously, in the wake of the international economic crisis brought on by the “banks too big to fail,” the Italians and the Greeks attempted to govern themselves democratically, but it was not permitted. The European Commission appointed Mario Monti, a banker, to be Italy’s prime minister. Monti, a member of Goldman Sachs Board of International Advisers, European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, and a member of the Bilderberg Group, was appointed by the elite, not elected by the people. His cabinet did not include a single elected politician.
(See my book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism.)

Greece suffered the same fate of having an unelected banker appointed prime minister of Greece. Later when the Greeks succeeded in electing an anti-establishment government, the EU used economic threats and punishments to prevent the Greek government from governing.

In the US the Democratic Party, presstitute media, and the security agencies have made a strenuous effort to overturn the election of Donald Trump. They have failed to evict him from office, but they have turned him away from his goal of normalizing relations with Russia and withdrawing militarily from the Middle East. In effect, Trump has been forced into the position of being the agent for what he campaigned against…

The Western elites despise democracy. They tolerate it only as a cover for their self-dealing when it can be manipulated to serve their interests. The Russians who want to join Western Democracy are clearly lacking in understanding.

Considering the seeds of crisis that the self-serving policies of the Western elites have sowed, the responses to the crises will be calls for and acceptance of authoritarian rule. It is entirely possible that the democratic era is approaching its end.

Be seeing you

war-is-peace

 

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Liberalism Is Suicidism – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 22, 2017

Pat is making a lot of this moment in history. I hope he is right.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/patrick-j-buchanan/is-liberalism-a-dying-faith/

Equality, diversity, democracy — this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular state at whose altars Liberal Man worships.

But the congregation worshiping these gods is shrinking. And even Europe seems to be rejecting what America has on offer.

In a retreat from diversity, Catalonia just voted to separate from Spain. The Basque and Galician peoples of Spain are following the Catalan secession crisis with great interest. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sandcastle | International Man

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 13, 2017

Outside Independence Hall when
the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended,
Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin,
“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,
“A republic, if you can keep it.”

http://www.internationalman.com/articles/the-sandcastle

The decline from democracy to tyranny is both a natural and inevitable one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Democracy in a Death Spiral?

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 21, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/patrick-j-buchanan/democracy-death-spiral/

“You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don’t think it’s worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that’s any better. …

“People say, ‘If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be better.’ I say Congress is too damn representative. It’s just as stupid as the people are, just as uneducated, just as dumb, just as selfish.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Democracy, the God That’s Failing | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. Fox on February 23, 2017

https://mises.org/blog/democracy-god-thats-failing

Panarchism may be a viable replacement. Michael Rozeff has written on the subject.

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