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Austin Liberty Coalition Message Board › Libertarianism and... Democracy?

Libertarianism and... Democracy?

A former member
Post #: 1
What aspects of American democracy should libertarian ideology support? Is support of democracy destructive of libertarian ideals? How is the public’s view of government manipulated by the use of the concept “democracy” as a description of the government? What is it fundamentally that separates democracy from tyranny? (Please note: A Constitutional Republic is a form of “democracy”.)

A former member
Post #: 2
The image the American people have of “democracy” shapes their understanding of authority and power, and consequently their view of government. An alluring image for democracy lends to the State an apparent philosophical legitimacy and evokes acquiescence and allegiance from the public. As such, it should be expected that a “democratic State” would be interested in maintaining an image for democracy which sustains or enhances the State’s power and control. In fact, one might expect the State to inflate democracy’s image and to encourage its veneration. Those in power might be expected to desire a morally flattering explanation for their power, and those who are under that power might prefer to employ rationalizations which compliment their self-image and amplify their sense of comparative national prestige or worth. Quite simply, those in power have an incentive to portray democracy and democratic government in ways which facilitate their power, and to create and perpetuate memes which keep the public acquiescent and obedient. It should be expected that over time the public’s image of democracy (and their expectations for it) would come to be disconnected from reality and eventually become delusional and mythological.

This is in fact what has happened. The ruling class maintains and enhances its reign by cloaking itself in the delusion and deception of democratic imagery. The public’s view of American government is manipulated by the use of the concept “democracy” as a description for this government. Citizens are encouraged to submit to the government based on some ostensible legitimacy of democratic theory, but American democracy is not in actuality what it is portrayed to be. It does not function according to the principles or in the manner in which it is “justified” to the public. Democracy’s beatified image and its ignominious reality are practically inverses. Although the justifying rhetoric remains, the system has been co-opted. It functions as an illusion protecting and sustaining an elite oligarchy, a government-class mega-bureaucracy, and a regime of totalitarian despotism. The American polity is generally lead by—and worships—a seductive illusion which enchants and distracts from their political reality. The public is kept enthralled and enamored with the concept of democracy, to the actual disregard or destruction of the ideals which underlie it. The American belief in democracy has become a national psychosis. The dynamics of modern power can not be tamed by democratic mechanisms. American democracy is a system of false pretense, deception, manipulation, dysfunction, and ultimately tyranny... American democracy is a myth—a sham.
A former member
Post #: 3
The US has become a culture of the unexamined fetishization of the democratic form. The average person’s conception of democracy is a romantic confusion. Democracy is not holistic consensus, it’s syncretism: it’s an attempt to unite without logical unity. “Middle ground” between two contradictory positions is not a magical coherence, it’s a confused jumble. Compromise does not make an effort “bipartisan,” it makes it bi-ideologically incoherent. Like trying to build a high-rise building based on the blueprints from two antagonistic architects with opposed visions. “Majority rule” does not involve consistent, coordinated rule by a set of rational, ideologically coherent principles. The majority is not a cohesive, enduring, responsible, singularity. It’s a shifting, uncoordinated, discordant, apparition. The majority on any particular issue is composed of people who do not agree on other issues, and who each have differing goals, values, priorities, and time-frames. There is no assurance that issues related to, and affected by, the particular issue under consideration will have the same-majority support, or be resolved in a manner compatible with the intentions motivating the majority in this instance. Political majorities are comprehensively irrational. Government policy grows ever more inconsistent, self-counteractant, unintelligible, prodigal, dysfunctional, and oppressive. Only when people stop believing in democracy’s theoretical sanctity and mythical effectiveness, will they have the proper skepticism and circumspection about what government should do, and consequently seek other more private and voluntary solutions to social problems.
A former member
Post #: 4
Democracy today is an asset of the State and its dictatorial clerisy. It insulates and safeguards the system and its establishment occupants. Democracy does not control the State—the State controls democracy. Democracy does not prevent the State from defining its own authority and power, and domineering its citizens. The State uses democratic mechanisms and sentiment in order to consecrate and aggrandize itself.

The federal system has morphed into a monstrosity under which democratic mechanisms of any extent are ludicrous. The US political system is far beyond the point where its terms can be considered reasonable. The system assumes itself justified in forever escalating its impositions and dictates, and yet entitled to deference and obedience. The system requires its conscripts to object using only those methods inadequate to repel its aggressions and arrogance. The system is at a breaking point where its terms are recognized as being the mad devices of a tyrant class.

The ideals of liberal democracy—individual self-ownership, self-determination and sovereignty, individual rights, liberty, justification of authority, rule by consent, limited, controlled, checked state power, decentralization and subsidiarity, pluralism and tolerance, etcetera—are today largely just deceptive or delusional double-speak supporting an antithetical reality. Democracy today functions as a method for subverting the individual and empowering “the collective”—which amounts to decision making by an authoritarian, oligarchic establishment professing themselves to be the voice of the collective. The future of American democracy is not about liberty, constitutionalism, individual rights, privacy, voluntary association, pluralistic living options, or limited government—it’s about universalizing the reign of elite-sanctioned reason. The classical liberal ideals of democracy have in actuality been eviscerated and the illuminati have instead substituted an oppressive, totalitarian regime of purported egalitarian paternalism.

The political struggle of today is the clash of two irreconcilable visions—one aligned with and benefited by the power of the State, and the other attempting to defend itself against this power. The State is not neutral—its interests are in destroying anything which does not submit to its ever-expanding power. For the individual—and ultimately society—there are two options: reject the myth of democracy, or be destroyed by it.

(Excerpts from “THE MYTH OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: The Deification of Democratic Governance and the Subversion of Individual Liberty” by Trenton Fervor.)
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