democracy

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, utilitarianism, banausoi, society, stupidity, deserving, exclusion, judgement, appropriateness, equality, democracy, merchants, and the public

To the Greeks not just slaves had to be excluded from the democratic franchise and public debate but also merchants, bankers, all money-grubbing banausoi, because any society stupid enough to entrust its ultimate values to be determined by the caste of utilitarians deserves fully what it gets. It would be like entrusting our sports to couch potatoes and paraplegics. Such a foolish society would get what we have in fact got, a civilization too fucking stupid to realize how hard cultural, political, spiritual and philosophical cripples labor to cripple everyone else to become just like them.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Gary North on politics, envy, and democracy

The politics of envy is the politics of this commandment: "Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote." It is the politics of two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

Gary North

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north634.html

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A Quote by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on democracy, truth, justice, beauty, poliics, envy, and ignorance

What is true, just, and beautiful is not determined by popular vote. The masses everywhere are ignorant, short-sighted, motivated by envy, and easy to fool. Democratic politicians must appeal to these masses in order to be elected. Whoever is the best demagogue will win. Almost by necessity, then, democracy will lead to the perversion of truth, justice and beauty.

Hanse-Hermann Hoppe

Source: http://www.hanshoppe.com/publications/hoppe_interview-anti-intellectual-intellectual.pdf

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A Quote by Christian Michel on illusion, idolatry, idol, democracy, government, and responsibility

The institution of the democratic State is a remarkable example of modern idolatry. By ritually celebrating elections that are played out like a great social mass, the State allows us to participate in a religion that will influence the idol in our favour. If we make the idol an offering of the right ballot, it will bring us security, lifetime employment, a guaranteed pension, free medical care, environmental protection and a good school for our children. All these favours will rain down on us. We will not have to do anything to earn them. What could be more magical than that belief?

Christian Michel

Source: http://bastiat.net/en/Bastiat2001/christian.michel.html

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on democracy, coercion, tyranny, freedom, and liberty

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fi fty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Christian Michel on democracy, violence, law, government, coercion, power, liberty, and freedom

Democratic law does not say, "Thou shalt not kill". Instead, it designates certain people who have the right to kill -- soldiers and State police. Democratic law does not order, "Thou shalt not steal". It says that only certain people have the right to steal -- tax and customs agents. What does "power to the people" mean when the people enjoy fewer rights than their supposed servants?

Christian Michel

Source: http://bastiat.net/en/Bastiat2001/christian.michel.html

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A Quote by Auberon Herbert on property, freedom, liberty, democracy, votes, morality, and socialism

So long as we admit that the property of individuals lies at the mercy of the largest number of votes, we are intellectually and morally committed to state socialism.

Auberon Herbert

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A Quote by E. C. Riegel on democracy, money, power, politics, government, tyranny, freedom, liberty, sovereign, and political power

Money power cannot be separated from democratic power without miscarriage and ensuing frustration - political and economic. Democracy implies the sovereignty of man; and, since man cannot be sovereign without the money power, there can not be democracy under the political money system.

E. C. Riegel

Source: http://www.mind-trek.com/treatise/ecr-pem/ch2.htm

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A Quote by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on democracy

Even the Founding Fathers of the U.S., nowadays considered the model of a democracy, were strictly opposed to it. Without a single exception, they thought of democracy as nothing but mob-rule.

Hanse-Hermann Hoppe

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/hermann-hoppe2.html

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A Quote by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on democracy

it must be made clear again that the idea of democracy is immoral as well as uneconomical.

Hanse-Hermann Hoppe

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/hermann-hoppe2.html

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