Re: Down With Democracy?

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Tue Oct 02 2001 - 13:24:30 MDT

On Mon, Oct 01, 2001 at 07:55:01AM -0700, Technotranscendence wrote:
> Down With Democracy by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
> from
> One-man-one-vote combined with 'free entry' into government - democracy -
> implies that every person and his personal property comes within reach of -
> and is up for grabs by - everyone else. ...
> .... The rich are characteristically
> bright and industrious, and the poor typically dull, lazy, or both.
> ... The recognition of democracy as a machinery of popular wealth and income
> redistribution,
> .... provides the key to an
> understanding of the present age.
> ... By forcing businessmen, through
> 'affirmative action' ('non-discrimination') programs, to employ more women,
> homosexuals, blacks, or other 'minorities' than they would like to, there
> will be more employed minorities, and fewer employers and fewer male,
> heterosexual, and white employment.
> Most importantly, by compelling private property owners and/or market income
> earners (producers) to subsidize 'politicians', 'political parties', and
> 'civil servants' (politicians and government employees do not pay taxes but
> are paid out of taxes), there will be less wealth formation, fewer producers
> and less productivity, and ever more waste, 'parasites' and parasitism.


That's an ... amazing ... rant.

And you know something? It makes sense! It's wonderful, it's internally
consistent, and it has completely converted me.

So, following Hoppe's plan to its logical conclusion I urge you to
join me behind this rallying cry: bring back the feudal monarchy RIGHT NOW!

-- Charlie

PS: Anyone know where I can get this hole in my cheek repaired? I didn't
know you could _do_ that with your tongue ...

PPS: No, I'm not going to go into some of the obvious nonsense in here,
but let's just say that if you medidate on the stuff I selectively
quoted above you might spot some, shall we say, motes in the author's
eye. (Motes about the size of a redwood forest.)

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