Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Secession Day

From a local boy who made good:

In every age the advocates of the dominant political theory seek to give it dignity by identifying it with whatever the contemporaneous desire of man happens to be most powerful. In the days of monarchy, monarchy was depicted as the defender of the faith. In our present era of democracy, democracy is depicted as the only safe guardian of liberty. And the communism or super-communism of tomorrow, I suppose, will be sold to the boob-oisie as the only true palladium of peach, justice and plenty. All of these attempts to hook up cause and effect are nonsensical. Monarchy was fundamentally not a defender of the faith at all, but a rival and enemy to the faith. Democracy does not promote liberty; it diminishes and destroys liberty. And communism, as the example of Russia already shows, is not a fountain that gushes peace, justice and plenty, but a sewer in which they are drowned.

-H.L Mencken

4 comments:

Jack said...

Freemarket, hope your 4th of July goes out with a bang!

Anonymous said...

Democracy is not a defender of liberty because? Because of how it works in practice, or in theory?

Freemarket said...

Both, practice and theory. Democracy (and the democratic elements of our republic) is simply a tool for allowing the majority to exploit the minority. A perfect example is the regulation of marriage. Laws on marriage serve no other purpose but to allow those of a particular religious ilk to push their moronic ethics on the rest of us. Other examples of similar exploitation are drug laws, publicly funded schools, libraries, parks, etc. Each of these things takes liberty away from one group to please another group.

Robert J. Moeller said...

Hey, I randomly found your blog today and I'm glad that I did. Very interesting stuff. I am a conservative blogger and grad student from Chicago (rjmoeller.com). Keep up the good work. God Bless.