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What happens when democracy fails to deliver? What happens when people give up on democracy?

What happens when a majority or militant minority decide that the constitutional rights of free speech, free elections, peaceful assembly and petition are inadequate and take to the streets to force democracy to submit to their demands?

Our world may be about to find out.

Chile is the most stable and prosperous country in Latin America.

Yet when its capital, Santiago, recently raised subway fares by 5%, thousands poured into the streets. Rioting, looting, arson followed. The Metro system was utterly trashed. Police were assaulted. People died. The rioting spread to six other cities. Troops were called out.

President Sebastian Pinera repealed the fare hike and declared a national emergency, stating, “Chile is at war against a powerful, implacable enemy who does not respect anything or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits.”

How does a democracy that has spawned within itself a powerful and implacable enemy deal with it?

Last week, tens of thousands of Lebanese of all faiths and political associations rioted in Beirut and Tripoli to demand the overthrow of the regime and the ouster of its president, speaker of parliament and Prime Minister Saad Hariri. All must go, the masses demand.

In Barcelona, Friday, half a million people surged into the streets in protest after the sentencing in Madrid of the secessionists who sought to bring about the independence of Catalonia from Spain in 2017.

In all of China, few enjoy the freedoms of the 7 million in Hong Kong. Yet, for five months, these fortunate and free Chinese, to protest a proposal that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited to China, stormed into the streets to defy the regime and denounce the conditions under which they live.

These protests have been marked by riots, vandalism, arson and clashes with police. “Hong Kong streets descended into chaos following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday,” writes the Associated Press. Protesters “set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland Chinese ties.”

What are the Hong Kong residents denouncing and demanding?

They are protesting both present and future limitations on their freedom. The appearance of American flags in the protests suggests that what they seek is what the agitators behind the Boston Tea Party and the boys and men at Concord Bridge sought — independence, liberty and a severing of the ties to the mother country.

Yet, because the Communist regime of Xi Jinping could not survive such an amputation, the liberation of Hong Kong is not in the cards. The end to these months of protest will likely be frustration, futility and failure.

Perhaps it is that realization that explains the vehemence and violence. But the rage is also what kills the support they initially received.

ORDER IT NOW

In 1960s America, the first civil rights demonstrations attracted widespread sympathy. But the outburst of urban riots that followed in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and 100 cities after Martin Luther King’s assassination sent millions streaming to the banners of Gov. George Wallace in the campaigns of 1968 and 1972.

When the “yellow vest” protests broke out in 2018 in Paris, over a fuel tax, the demonstrators had the support of millions of Frenchmen.

But that support dissipated when protesters began smashing windows of boutique shops on the Champs-Elysee, assaulting police and desecrating monuments and memorials.

This reversion to violence, ransacking of stores and showering of police with bricks, bottles and debris, is costing the protesters much of the backing they enjoyed. In the trade-off between freedom and order, people will ultimately opt for order.

Yet, one wonders: Why are these outbursts of violent protests and rioting taking place in stable, free and prosperous societies?

Chile is the most stable and wealthy country in South America. Catalonia is the most prosperous part of Spain. Paris is hardly a hellhole of repression. And Hong Kong is the freest city of China.

If the beneficiaries of freedoms and democratic rights come to regard them as insufficient to produce the political, economic and social results they demand, what does that portend for democracy’s future?

For, despite the looting, arson and attacks on cops in Hong Kong, Xi Jinping is not going to order his satraps to yield to popular demands for autonomy or independence. Nor is Madrid going to accept the loss of Barcelona and secession of Catalonia. Nor is the conservative Chilean government going to yield to the street rebels and revolutionaries. Nor is Paris going to back down to the “yellow vests.”

Yet, one wonders: If the “end of history” and worldwide triumph of democratic capitalism thesis has, as most agree, been disproven, is it possible that the Age of Democracy is itself a passing phase in the history of the West and the world?
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. Dumbo says:

    Democracy is overrated, and also kind of worthless when your vote doesn’t count.

    In Britain people voted for Brexit – still waiting.

    In California people voted against gay marriage, against rent control – both were forced by decree.

    No one voted for massive immigration, and yet that’s what’s been happening on ALL Western countries, for decades, since the 60s.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @anon19
  2. Why is this happening Pat? You don’t know so you have a waffle about “Democracy”. (HK has very little, so maybe a dead end there)
    Find out, & get back to us. Here’s a hint, start from “austerity” & move on-wards.

    • Replies: @MEexpert
  3. Democracy is a feature of Anglo Saxon culture. It spread from the UK either via colonialism or conquest in war. Only after the end of the Cold War was there wide acceptance of democracy. (I’d appreciate it if anyone can point out historical examples where I’m mistaken).

    So, it seems reasonable to me that as Anglo-Saxon culture is diluted away in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, etc. democracy could fade away, too.

    What worries me potentially more than the loss of democracy is the loss of Rule of Law. I lived in Singapore for a while. It’s not a very democratic society, but it’s a good place to live because of the lack of corruption and firmly established legal system.

    • Replies: @nymom
  4. So, it’s a case of “democracy over, now Trump can declare himself king and avoid impeachment – it’s what the people will want”” is it senile Pat?

    You need to retire.

  5. You might have more freedom in Hong Kong than Mainland China, but it’s getter more and more expensive to live there. Chile might be one of the wealthier South American countries, but like the US and other places, it’s not the wealthy in the streets.

    Scratch the surface in every one of these places and you’ll find that most of the people in the streets, aside from professional rioters and agents provocateurs, are marginalised people being squeezed out of any hope of accumulating a little wealth while watching their country’s criminal elite live large on the backs of the little guy’s labours,

    • Agree: NegroPantera, Miggle, Denis
    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    , @dfordoom
  6. Realist says:

    Is Democracy a Dying Species?

    Let’s hope so. Democracy never works. When idiots are allowed to vote, bad things happen. Our Republic started as a crude form of meritocracy where only White, male landowners were allowed to vote. It didn’t take long before changes were made and it’s been downhill since.

  7. KenH says:

    If democracy passes it will only be temporary. In The Rise of the Roman Empire, Polybius spoke at length about the life cycle between aristocracy, democracy, dictatorship and then back to democracy at least as it applied to Indo-European peoples.

    America faces the very real threat of a repressive ultra left wing dictatorship even though we still might have the trappings of democracy for some time such as elections. But as Stalin once said it only matters who counts the votes which is what will likely happen in 2020. Looking at the bumper crop of Bolshevik Democrat presidential candidates and our future doesn’t look promising.

    American whites cannot be saved by our present form of government and in fact it is the implacable enemy of whites and our racial interests. It will require a pro-white strongman to seize the reins of power and clean the Augean stables and then some. We will need pro-white Caesarism and big government that works primarily for whites.

    • Replies: @Miggle
    , @voicum
    , @TTSSYF
  8. @The Alarmist

    That’s a good point. Without people who are fed up with being marginalized, agents provocateurs wouldn’t be able to provoke anyone besides the professional rioters into action.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  9. @Twodees Partain

    Hey, are you provoking me? 😉

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  10. The right kind of democracy is the ideal form of government, but that is certainly not representative democracy.

    Representative democracy is a con game where politicians live grandly at the expense of the public and lie their way to riches. Representative democracy is where the human filth in the society have as much voice as the hard working individuals that they steal from via the voting boot.

    The proper democracy is one that is comprised of a homogeneous citizenry of a small number so that the government is truly of the people and local; not some distant swamp. The smaller the jurisdiction for any democracy the better to allow local control of their lives. The smaller the jurisdiction, the less likely it can afford a standing army and the amoral individuals that want to control it.

    The optimum democracy is achieved when there are nearly 8 billion governments in the world each with a population of 1. Then that democracy is called anarchism – rules but no rulers.

    Anarchism – the ultimate democracy.

    • Replies: @Levtraro
    , @The Alarmist
  11. The Scalpel says: • Website

    As the founding fathers recognized, democracy depends on an informed voting public. The science of disinformation and propaganda available to those few with the resources widely propagate it, has advanced to the point where Sam Clemmons had it right. Those who don’t read the news (etc.) are uniformed, while those who read it are misinformed. Thus, effective democracy is impossible. We are left with a misinformed, propagandized voting public who often do not vote their own best interests.

    Second, the standing, unelected government (AKA “deep state”), itself, thwarts the will of the people in order to serve its own interests.

  12. The Scalpel says: • Website

    This article puts Buchanan’s blind spots squarely in focus. He is somewhat brainwashed due to the time and place he grew up, and his experiences in government.

    “The appearance of American flags in the protests suggests that what they seek is what the agitators behind the Boston Tea Party and the boys and men at Concord Bridge sought — independence, liberty and a severing of the ties to the mother country.”

    uhhhhhh no. – and this is obvious, yet Pat just cannot see it

    What those flags represent is foreign agents and subversion of the locals by CIA, and NGO’s etc. Pat does not see this, yet when the tables are turned and it is the US being infiltrated (even when it isn’t), Pat sees that easily. Classic brainwashing.

    • Agree: dfordoom
    • Replies: @Altai
  13. Democracy has the enduring quality of appealing to human vanity. Its roots are less than noble. Democracy is generally considered to have been invented by the aristocratic Athenian politician Cleisthenes in 508 or 507 BCE. The truth is that this man was more of a “gerrymandering opportunist” in the words of one historian than a man of the people. He expanded the right to vote to lower classes of Athenian citizens in his bid to become their leader because he did not have enough support in his own class. He is the same man who committed grievous sacrilege by bribing the priests of Delphi to pronounce him the most fit to rule, in his naked fight for power.

    Once men had the fantasy that their rulers were gods (Pharaohs, Roman Emperors), then god-appointed (George III, Louis XVI), and now we believe that we the voters are the gods, that we have the divine wisdom to always elect moral honest leaders – even as we conveniently deny that we have no voice in the selection of robo-candidates who are thoroughly vetted by our true rulers not to threaten an unjust status quo.

    It is ironic that the commitment to individuality that began so long ago with Rousseau and the others who so greatly influenced the Founders would have the net effect of shattering the cohesion of human communities and making the resulting “individuals” all the more dependent on a strong centralized authority. The great majority of people are content to be told what to do by strong alpha males. This is the natural human condition, the heritage of having evolved from a social animal that hunted in packs. Except for most adolescents and a few disgruntled intellectuals, people do not embrace dissent and are easily convinced that those who do are evil, shiftless malcontents. It is well-nigh impossible to envision how advanced technological societies will survive the severe environmental challenges that lie in our immediate future without authoritarian governments micromanaging every aspect of their consumption of ever-dwindling resources.

    • Replies: @Norm Corin
  14. A123 says:

    Democracy Fails when Sheeple Vote

    Democracy requires:
    — Shared values
    — Well educated voters

    The reason why democracy is dying in so many places is SJW multiculturalism has wiped out both values and education.

    It is not too late for the U.S. to eliminate Common Core education, end submission to sharia law invaders, and return to traditional Christian values. But, there is very little time left.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @NegroPantera
    , @bluedog
  15. Democracy is a fiction in most places. As we know in the United States, large corporations, private equity, banks, Wall Street finance, and various other interests buy the candidates in so called elections. What are people voting for? In unopposed House races, in Senate races where the incumbent has all the cash, in most state and local races there are no actual choices on election day. That is not Democracy. Where the rules are rigged (as in the United States since the day of Bush I) to make the rich richer at the expense of the middle class, that is not Democracy. Where Courts can overturn the will of voters, as has been true in the United States since Brown v. Board, that is not Democracy. As Eisenhower warned in his farewell, US Democracy is doomed by the military/industrial/congressional complex. Ike was right. The US is run in the interest of the permanent bureaucracy, private equity, large corporations, and other wealthy folks. There is no Democracy to speak of here.

    • Agree: bluedog, Hail
    • Replies: @John Regan
  16. nsa says:

    In the parlance of the New Jerusalem, “democracy” means the jew through his money is predominant. The useful idiot, Trumpstein, is a fairly typical example…….dedicated to the proposition that government of the jew, by the jew, for the jew shall not perish from the earth.

  17. Sigh. says:

    Pat, Pat, Pat. Give up on democracy, that’s silly.

    Like most Americans you’re still brainwashed with US Juche. You don’t bother to define democracy. You try to rate it on some sort of sliding scale: sucking less than China, sucking about as much as servile NATO satellite France.

    It has not occurred to you to consult the legal definition of democracy. ICCPR Article 21 is the binding legal definition with which US law at all levels must come into compliance. You could look it up but you won’t, the government brainwashing stops you. So we’ll tell you. Free expression of the will of the electors. Access to public service on general terms of equality. That’s the world standard for democracy. The US does not begin to meet it.

    Nobody is stupid enough to come out and say we have that in here the USA. The parties exist to prevent it.

    And what is the authority for this standard? Undeniable practical reality – your recourse to rebellion. So instead of wringing your hands about manifestly justifiable recourse to rebellion, you can just accept that this is how you get your human rights: dismantle the regime. The French are ahead of you, that’s all, like always. Get off your butt and do what the Germans did, and storm your Stasi.

  18. @Dumbo

    Indeed, democracy is not only overrated, but is counterproductive to a harmonious society. At least that’s the thesis of an excellent book I recently finished titled “The End of Democracy” by Belgian author Christophe Buffin de Chosal. Our forefathers were wary of democracy, which is why they applied strict limits when they developed our Republic. Since that time, progressives have kept chipping away until we are faced with the intractable mess we have today. Once the “democratic” socialists take control, which could be after the next election, we will have our own French Revolution, but hopefully without the guillotines.

  19. @A123

    Where is this Sharia law that you refer to? The country is being screwed by both the Zionists and their minions , the Christian reactionary Zio Fascists, and yet you blame the so called “Sharia invaders” , Muslims.

    I think the Zion thieves who have fleeced the nation and gutted it’s resources ,wealth and man power, for their supremacist adventure in the middle east qualify as invaders and not a bunch of poor Muslims.

    • Agree: follyofwar
    • Replies: @A123
  20. @Observator

    Agreed. But even with the tech to do so, future authoritarian governments won’t waste their time micromanaging “useless eaters”, much less permit them to take up space. We’ll have Alpha male Jim Jones feeding Soylent Green to some, Kool-Aid to the rest, the vast majority will love it, the rest will replenish the food supply. That’ll be how “severe environmental challenges” are handled.

  21. @The Alarmist

    Maybe a little, but only because you’re one of the few here who has a sense of humor. Just call me Provocateur Partain. 😉

  22. It seems as if Mr. Buchanan must have been watching the Rick Sanchez newscast on RT America, which provides more real in-depth news in one half-hour than you’ll ever see on the US corporate media. Last night, Sanchez led with the riots in Chile, Spain, France, and Hong Kong. On US corporate media, it’s impeachment 24/7, and anything overseas barely exists, except if its something that can be used to bolster Trump’s impeachment, as in his removing a few troops along the Turkish-Syrian border. That sure set the hair of the GOP’s Israel-first War Party on fire. The only question is how much longer it will take for the big time riots to arrive here. 2020 seems like a safe bet.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  23. A123 says:
    @NegroPantera

    Where is this Sharia law that you refer to?

    Everywhere. How about school indoctrination in Virgina? (1)

    a ninth grade geography assignment that required students to copy the Shahada, an Islamic statement of faith that says, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

    Kimberly Herndon said she was “shocked that this was sent home, shocked that this was in the schools [and] shocked that this was right here in our small town,

    If you want something more recent: (2)

    the federal government illegally funded a national curriculum titled “Access Islam.” This indoctrination program outrageously teaches students how to become Muslim — how to pray as a Muslim, how to perform Islamic “daily worship,” and how to perform the “core duties” of being a Muslim.

    No one with an open mind could possibly miss the years and decades of Islamic attacks on Christian American values. Islam is trying is create a rift between American Jews and American Christians to advance their agenda which is simultaneously anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic.

    After the U.S. is 100% Muslim free, will the Christians and Jews fight? Possibly. However, as long as the common enemy of Jihad and Sharia Law are brutalizing American children, the need to oppose a common enemy will continue to strengthen the Judaeo-Christian values coalition.

    PEACE 😇

    _____

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2015/12/18/parents-outrage-muslim-indoctrination-assignment-leads-schools-closure/

    (2) https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/04/are_democrats_pushing_sharia_law.html

  24. bluedog says:
    @A123

    Pat really won’t come out and state the real problems even in those prosperous countries he list,like all good republicans he rails against any country that fails to embrace’s capitalism, even predatory capitalism which is as evil as any other form of government,he can see no reason for people to take to the streets and that’s the shame in it all, for it will be coming here sooner rather than later.!!!!

  25. bjondo says:

    US, UK, have shown
    Democracy to be a term
    of BS propaganda and
    for starting wars.

    Dictators like Saddam
    are best.
    Leave ’em alone,
    you live well:
    education, health care,
    peace, eats, employment

    Democracy devolves to
    unemployment, no health care,
    poverty, suicides.

    • Replies: @Cyrano
  26. Any society that dispenses with God, family, and law;
    and pursues money, war, and vulgarity is lost regardless of political system.

    • Agree: Talha
  27. Levtraro says:
    @RoatanBill

    Yes, small and homogeneous unions of individuals is the best societal organization in the sense that it will avoid the current selection of mediocre satraps, careerists and charlatans that rise to the top of the representative democratic hierarchy, causing great damage, imbalances and inefficiencies. However, some aspects of large scale organization need to be preserved. For instance, we really need to have particle accelerators, space telescopes, large population medical databases, medical research, big science in general.

  28. Dannyboy says:

    We can only hope.

    Democracy, as currently practiced is a sick fucking scam anyway. We’re currently witnessing how much the “people’s sacred vote” is worth to our Leftist/ Jew Overlords…lol

  29. Why, exactly, do we need particle accelerators when all they find is BS. The bulk of modern cosmology and particle physics is BS. There are no Black Holes, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Neutron stars, Gravity Waves, etc. These are all mathematical creations that have absolutely no empirical evidence to support their existence. Big Bang is nonsense. Halton Arp disproved Big Bang decades ago and was hounded out of the US as a heretic.

    Same goes for space telescopes. What are they good for but as toys for Cosmologists that are frauds.

    All the rest of what society needs is already provide by the private sector, currently supported by created from thin air currency via grants from gov’t. Once gov’t is gone, the people will decide on funding private institutions that can convince them that as stock holder, they will reap a reward for discoveries made. The profit motive will provide absolutely everything we need without all the waste, death and destruction that all gov’ts represent.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
    , @Levtraro
  30. Cyrano says:
    @bjondo

    Come on now, no reason to be dispirited. All the capitalism needs is some more fresh eyes from the 3rd world. Admit it – that after watching the horror show – democracy for so long, the western eyes have gotten tired and lost some of the enthusiasm for appreciating all the splendor and greatness that democracy has to offer.

    That’s why the clever directors of the show brought some new audience -to show the old one – what they could have possibly missed when appraising the greatest spectacle on earth – democracy.

    Yes, it might be stale, and yes it might stink, but what else is there? And if the old and tired audience of the show “Democracy” doesn’t smarten up real soon, they can all be replaced with more appreciative crowd from the 3rd world – who know real art when they see one. The art of deception – that is.

  31. KenH says:

    I don’t even think America qualifies as a democracy. It’s more like a multiracial mobocracy. Either way American democracy/mobocracy panders to the lowest common denominator which of course is low IQ and shiftless blacks and browns. Both parties have been pandering to non-white minority groups for decades.

    One man, one vote and extending the franchise to former slaves, immigrants from incompatible cultures and every other biped has been a disaster. Even in Athenian democracy that democracy crusaders regularly invoke voting rights was only extended to about 4% of the population.

    James Madison is being proved right that democracies are “spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

    America’s death can’t come soon enough.

  32. @KenH

    Fake democracy.
    Total plutocracy.
    Snake hypocrisy.
    Postal kakocracy.

    • Replies: @Anon
  33. dfordoom says: • Website
    @The Alarmist

    Scratch the surface in every one of these places and you’ll find that most of the people in the streets, aside from professional rioters and agents provocateurs, are marginalised people being squeezed out of any hope of accumulating a little wealth while watching their country’s criminal elite live large on the backs of the little guy’s labours

    This kind of civil unrest is often driven not by the actual poor, but by those who feel themselves to be slipping down the socioeconomic ladder. Or those who are not truly poor but aspire to climb higher on that socioeconomic ladder and find it less easy than they thought.

    Or it’s driven by students, who are privileged but they want more.

    In recent times of course civil unrest is often manufactured by the intellectual class (with the aim of increasing their own privilege), or it’s manufactured by the elites (with the aim of destroying any threats to their power) or it’s manufactured by the CIA and/or Soros.

    The truly marginalised rarely participate.

    • Replies: @Wally
  34. Realist says:
    @KenH

    America’s death can’t come soon enough.

    Better comeuppance.

  35. dfordoom says: • Website
    @RoatanBill

    All the rest of what society needs is already provide by the private sector, currently supported by created from thin air currency via grants from gov’t. Once gov’t is gone, the people will decide on funding private institutions that can convince them that as stock holder, they will reap a reward for discoveries made. The profit motive will provide absolutely everything we need without all the waste, death and destruction that all gov’ts represent.

    In your libertarian wonderland we’d soon be back to being subsistence farmers. But at least we won’t have to pay taxes!

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  36. @follyofwar

    I hope not, but you may be right. Demonstrations that turn into vandalism and even rioting could result if Trump squeaks his way to re-election, especially if he again loses the national popular vote.

    We live in Los Angeles. Just like the 2016 election, we plan to be out of town as much as possible right after the election if the Democrat does not win.

  37. Antifa is the favorite goon squad of the JSP – Jewish Supremacist Power.

    So, JSP says Antifa can bash your heads, but if you fight back, YOU go to prison. Whites are the New Palestinians. They need white liberation from JSP.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @ricpic
  38. ricpic says:

    Democracy as a stage of political development on the way to tyranny will never die. Republics, on the other hand, have been rendered obsolete by the sheer mass of modern populations.

  39. ricpic says:
    @Priss Factor

    Good for you, Annie. It can’t be repeated often enough publicly that the country needs to split up.

  40. @patissenile

    I thought it was a observant and thoughtful introduction to consideration of the susceptibility of first-world civilization – our highly cooperative and coordinated form of social organization appearing to be an achievement set in stone – to lasting disarray.

    It’s remarkable how sharp Buchanan is at 80.

  41. O. P. says:

    is it possible that the Age of Democracy is itself a passing phase in the history of the West and the world?

    China has won since decades, and democracy is dead:

    The ideology of liberalism and democracy as the most effective system is dead. It is time this fact was recognized.” […] ”The new global Chinese order will follow the rules the Americans drew up for themselves. What counts is that the “golden billion” of the world’s population alone will prosper; the remaining 4 billion are expendable. Unlike the United States, to say nothing of the Russians or Jews, China has this billion already. All of us are expendable in this wicked colonial system of distribution of resources.”.”

    From:
    #14
    Novaya Gazeta
    No. 75
    October 2001
    THE THIRD FORCE OF WORLD WAR III
    Is China behind all that has been happening?
    Author: Viktor Minin
    [from WPS Monitoring Agency, http://www.wps.ru/e_index.html%5D

    http://www.russialist.org/archives/5497-14.php

  42. O. P. says:

    The Soros-paid pseudo revolutions in Catalonia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Quebec, whatever, will lead to nothing other than chaos. All these pseudo-revolutions are backed or infiltrated by agitators and ”saboteurs” to discredit genuine revendications of workers and silence them.

    The Gilet Jaunes is probably a genuive movement, since we don’t hear much about them. In fact, the Gilet Jaunes are totally absent from the mainstream, and that’s MISERABLE, In the french-speaking province of Quebec, there is NOT a single word about them in the medias, which is strange as Quebec and France are natural allies.

    • Replies: @Dannyboy
  43. anon19 says:

    The western countries are supposedly democracies but nobody ever voted for the nation and society destroying non-white immigration…..

  44. SafeNow says:

    Christopher Caldwell’s concluding paragraph to a recent essay. “Blocking discussion” and “bringing in political reinforcements” sum-up the end of democracy:

    In our time the scholarly virtues — detachment, erudition, logic, graceful writing — strike certain partisans as unhelpful, even offensive. European political issues, like American ones, are increasingly matters of “values” and “rights” — whatever you call them, they are not up for negotiation. Immigration may be the most difficult of these issues because it is also an argument over whether or not one side of the debate should be authorized to bring in political reinforcements, in the form of the immigrants themselves. We can now see that those who desire more open borders enjoy an intellectual advantage, too: the ability to block discussion. For, once migration is considered a nonnegotiable right, what end can it serve to start talking about costs and benefits, or simple facts? What innocent explanation can there be for desiring an open debate in the first place?

  45. Wally says:
    @dfordoom

    Well said.

    Also consider that those you speak of realize that there are rarely strong actions by police to stop their violence & destruction, acts which go beyond free speech.
    They feel no negative consequences of their behavior. Like children, that violent, destructive behavior will continue.

  46. Levtraro says:
    @RoatanBill

    Sure, and the earth is flat … it is all a vast conspiracy of bearded professors that meet under an oak tree under the full moon.

    Anarchism needs intelligent defenders.

  47. Altai says:

    What’s that line from JFK?

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    We’re seeing that with Trump and Brexit. We’re seeing it too with the internal campaigns against the likes of Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard and Jeremy Corbyn. The total alignment of all other political parties against the Sweden Democrats and AfD are another.

    If ‘democracy’ mandates national suicide, then democracy is an obvious sham.

  48. Buchanan always lacks the courage to state the obvious.
    No Republic or Democracy can withstand a 5th Column determined to destroy it.
    Russia was destroyed by a Jewish 5th Column. Now The West and the U.S. is facing destruction from those peoples ancestors.
    There’s a shocker!
    Destroyers and wreckers tend to destroy and wreck societies.
    They are a cancer that must be cut out.
    Cowards like Pat Buchanan won’t even identify the actual problem. He’ll just mumble and collect a check. Another spineless weasel with his hand out.

    • Replies: @Dannyboy
  49. @Harry Huntington

    The “military-industrial complex” of left-wing myth is stuff and nonsense. It’s not military contractors who are ramming outsourcing, Affirmative Action, transsexual surgery for children and societal insanity in general down the throat of the unwilling American people.

    If Ike had been honest, he would’ve called out the Finance-Media complex instead. But of course, then he’d almost have had to reveal that he was himself bought by them lock, stock and barrel.

    Eisenhower was George W. Bush fifty years earlier: a “conservative” face on a liberal administration that implemented some of the most tyrannical policies in the nation’s history (see: Brown v. Board). That is, literally sending out the freedom-defending US Army to force Diversity on the people. Can a man possibly sink lower than that? And what does that say for our much-praised system of democracy?

    I Don’t Like Ike.

  50. Anon[388] • Disclaimer says:
    @SeekerofthePresence

    Fake democracy.
    Total plutocracy.
    Snake hypocrisy.
    Postal kakocracy.

    Zionist kritocracy

  51. @RoatanBill

    Anarchism – the ultimate democracy.

    Nah, Feudalism is the best form of socio-governmental order.

    Now, serf, the back 20 hectares of my chateau estate still needs plowing … get to work or no gruel for you!

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  52. @dfordoom

    Sadly, yours is the typical lazy response from a statist slave; someone who doesn’t think for himself but regurgitates what he was told in gov’t school. You’re suffering from a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

    You’d do yourself and the rest of the world a favor by actively researching what gov’t actually is versus the propaganda you’ve swallowed whole. It is gov’t that murders millions, is the largest thief on the planet and subjugates a population with the false promise of BS democracy.

    Look at gov’t critically and you can only conclude it is pure evil if you have any moral conscience at all.

  53. Altai says:
    @The Scalpel

    In 2019 no Western European ever thinks he is missing out not being American (Try explaining to somebody who isn’t American why somebody can be hit by a drunk-driver and have their life-savings wiped out from the hospital bill) and for all it’s vaunted freedoms, American finds itself in just the same place neoliberal economics and mass migration. In fact, it is the pioneer and purveyor of those things to the rest of the West.

    Would that be true if mass migration never came to the US and it retained a homogeneous Anglo-Saxon demography and perhaps resembled Canada with a large black population? Maybe not, America’s abstract institutions didn’t truly survive unchanged.

  54. @John Regan

    You have your party politics wrong from the 1950s. In 1950s America, the Republicans were the liberal big business party and the Democrats were the socially conservative working man’s party. The Democrats embrace of social programs was merely a way to protect working people from predatory big business. Ike was to the right of his party. Big business and private equity are the sources of outsourcing, “inclusive” policies on sex, gender, and race, and unlimited immigration. All of those policies expand the labor pool and bid down wages. The party politics flipped–or became incoherent– in the 1960s when Barry Goldwater opposed the civil rights act. That flip was cemented when Nixon chose to run to the right of Hubert Humphrey in 1968 and then seek to capture the Wallace racist voters in 1972. “Conservative” Richard Nixon gave you the EPA and EEOC. Nixon (not Ike … Ike was for “go slow on integration) gave you school busing court orders to implement school integration Today there is no conservative party in American politics–hence no democracy because there is no choice.

  55. @The Alarmist

    Admit it – you were with me till the very end when I made reference to that dreaded concept Anarchism. Your propagandized brain immediately signaled rejection because your gov’t schooling has you in firm control. You don’t know what anarchism is because you’ve never investigated it. You simply react like Pavlov’s dog due to your inculcation by gov’t propaganda.

    You won’t let your reasoning abilities, if you have any, see that the natural progression to smaller and smaller gov’t entities eventually ends up with a gov’t of the individual.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  56. @patissenile

    I would have thought people on the left would avoid stereotyping based on age for the same reason they object to other stereotyping based on things people can’t change. In any case, Pat’s writing is always sharper and better informed than that of his competition. He has an effortless command of relevant historical comparison that few if any can match.

  57. @John Regan

    Why can’t there be more than one evil complex? The MI complex consists of military officers, defense contractors, consultants, intelligence agencies, lobbiests, and everyone else whose livelihood depends on the US sticking its nose in everybody’s business around the world. These people have a world-view that serves their financial interests and career ambitions. Just read anything published by the US Army War College. If you said to one of them, Why not leave the X people alone to decide their own fate? they would look at you like you were an idiot or immoral person. In effect you would be questioning their worth as human beings.

    Far be it from me to deny the bad motives or effectiveness of the banking and finance mavens, but they aren’t alone.

    • Replies: @John Regan
  58. @jack daniels

    I misspoke slightly. To be sure, there is the Pentagon, the beltway foreign policy think tanks, the “Intelligence” Community” and so on, and I don’t think particularly highly of them.

    What I meant to say was really, “The ‘military-industrial complex’ of left-wing myth [i.e., MIC as the main explanation for the country’s ills] is stuff and nonsense.” There does exist such a thing, and it’s not a good influence (to put it mildly), but its importance is rather less than the Noam Chomsky-reading crowd would have it. The Finance-Media-Academia Axis of Evil is by far the bigger problem.

  59. Miggle says:
    @KenH

    If democracy passes it will only be temporary. In The Rise of the Roman Empire, Polybius spoke at length about the life cycle between aristocracy, democracy, dictatorship and then back to democracy at least as it applied to Indo-European peoples.

    Since we know that happened in the past it can be guarded against, and needs to be. When democracy passes it needs to be permanent. Dictatorship needs to be permanent. The best way to do that is make it ancestral: monarchy.

    Whenever this subject comes up I say, I say it again and again: US citizens would be far happier today, on the whole far more prosperous today, if Muammar Gaddafi had been ruling the USA as an autocrat for the last two or so generations.

    Instead, Gaddafi’s prosperous country was destroyed, and Gaddafi hideously murdered, and the Libyan people made poor and miserable. Why? In the name of: Democracy!

    Democracy (not the ancient Athenian kind, the modern Universal Suffrage kind) is a total, total fraud, a system devised to preserve the assets of the very rich and make the very rich free to increase their wealth while avoiding rebellion. That’s all it ever does.

    There is only one type of voter-democracy that could possibly work, and be genuine instead of a total fraud: the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.

    In such a system only the poor or relative poor would have the right to vote, it would go socialist meaning improvement of infrastructure and restrictions on firearm ownership meaning unarmed police and no police killings, free education, free health care, and free bus rides to work and tax cuts for small business and extra taxes on the wealthy plus restrictions on trade with the wealthy living outside the country.

    And a ban on advertising by the news media, meaning they would no longer need the sensationalism of new wars to augment their owners’ wealth, and no longer need to avoid offending the Jews to avoid organized advertising boycotts. It was the news media that created the war in Syria, reporters from the democracies sneaking illegally into the country with the terrorists, reporting on the “siege” of Homs from within, and only from there.

  60. Miggle says:
    @Miggle

    Let me add: Monarchy and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat could go well together. Traditionally, monarchs were very interested in and supportive of the opinions of the poor, not needing to be told anything about the rich. So the monarch created a Parliament, a House of Commons.

  61. Miggle says:
    @Miggle

    A further point: Some historian has written that the happiest time for the ordinary English in all history was the “Eleven Year Dictatorship” of King Charles the First. He had dismissed the Parliament and everyone was happy till he, because of the delusion that the Church of Scotland had to be made episcopal, eventually allowed the rich to elect another parliament. And that, for him, was a fatal mistake.

    • Replies: @Anon
  62. Realist says:

    A Republic is Democracy with lipstick.

  63. Jason Liu says:

    Would democracy be justified if those protesters from all over the world got what they wished?

    The real problem with democracy is egalitarianism, weighing the political opinion of all peoples equally in the form of voting when the vast majority of people shouldn’t be making decisions at all. It also provides political platforms for traitors and subversives in society under the assumption that all opinions are equally valid.

  64. KenH says:

    And let us not forget that Ezra Pound referred to democracy as a government run by Jews and that’s clearly the case in America.

  65. voicum says:
    @KenH

    Now that was really really simple.Problem solved.

  66. Thanks for this piece. It seems almost a lifetime ago that Hong Kong was such a peaceful and vibrant city. We have free press and a great common law system. We have right to congregate and protest. We used to have complete freedom of speech.

    It is like warzone now in Hong Kong. People no longer feel safe to say anything in the public because you will get lynched by those freedom fighters. Hong Kong is descending into mob rule, and American politicians are cheering them on.

    You rightly called out that Xi Jinping will not survive an aptly described “amputation” – loss of sovereignty in Hong Kong, hence “liberation” of Hong Kong is really a non starter. Just as Madrid would never let Catalonians go its separate ways.

    I would further add that no Chinese government, be it CCP, KMT or especially a freely elected one, can survive the loss of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    Westerns will be familiar (indeed you wrote about it) with European side of World War history. On the other side of the world, in the aftermath of World War I, Western nations pay no heed to their ally China, and transferred the German controlled Shandong Province to the Japanese in the Versailles Treaty. That touched off the May 4th movement. If Chinese internal stability is under threat, you can be sure the crackdown would be swift.

    It will real irony that supporting the anarchist movement in Hong Kong is not helping Hong Kong, it is quickening its demise.

  67. I recently read Brave New World for a class. There are a lot of parallels to what is starting to be implemented nowadays. The public is obsessed with getting “new” things, there is a total obedience, which is happening in places like China, and the U.S. is getting that way too. They also erase history, and a lot of common knowledge is pretty much outlawed. People in the book are on the drug Soma, in order to feel “normal”, much like our very medicated population. So i agree there seems to be a degradation of our democratic roots, which are being pulled from the ground, and replaced with what seems to be a new world order, which has been referenced by many of our “leaders” for a few decades at least.

  68. @RoatanBill

    You won’t let your reasoning abilities, if you have any, see that the natural progression to smaller and smaller gov’t entities eventually ends up with a gov’t of the individual.

    No, seeing people walking around like zombies with their eyes glued to smartphones has convinced me the world is well on its way to a Borg-like collective society.

  69. @Miggle

    US citizens would be far happier today, on the whole far more prosperous today, if Muammar Gaddafi had been ruling the USA as an autocrat for the last two or so generations.

    Perhaps, but Pol Pot would be a better choice for what ails the US these days.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  70. TTSSYF says:
    @KenH

    It will require a pro-white strongman to seize the reins of power and clean the Augean stables and then some. We will need pro-white Caesarism and big government that works primarily for whites.

    Sure, no problem. After all, Trump has shown how easy it is to get the global Leftists in the Deep State, Dem party, and big media to back down in the face of his promoting an extremely watered-down version of what you prescribe.

    • Replies: @KenH
  71. El Dato says:
    @The Alarmist

    I would like to keep the libraries and the knowledge about how to fix a computer, please.

  72. El Dato says:

    Independence movements that are not going to go away:

    – Hong-Kong
    – Catalonia

    Solution – the hegemon should back off. HK is more complex because there is a clear propaganda support from the West buoying this movement, which leads to intransigence. It would be good if someone told them that nobody will bomb China so the Hong Konggers can escape China’s centralized management.

    Bubble economics hardship phenomena, also it’s South America:

    – Chile

    Solution – Reanimate Pinochet. Barring that … well, I don’t know.

    Bubble economics hardship and Locked-In Great Replacement phenomena:

    – Paris

    Solution – None, it’s going to get worse.

  73. El Dato says:
    @Miggle

    Red Cocain is a hell of a drug.

    Whenever this subject comes up I say, I say it again and again: US citizens would be far happier today, on the whole far more prosperous today, if Muammar Gaddafi had been ruling the USA as an autocrat for the last two or so generations.

    Yep, everyone would have a tent and negroes would know their place. There would also have been a few vainglorious wars, all lost. Economy would be centralized, and Ghaddafis made-from-scraps “The Third Way”little book would be required reading. Also, prison or execution for those not happy for how things develop.

    Ghaddafi’s style may have been appropriate to keep the Arab tribes together, but for the USA? Retarded.

    In such a system only the poor or relative poor would have the right to vote, it would go socialist meaning improvement of infrastructure and restrictions on firearm ownership meaning unarmed police and no police killings, free education, free health care, and free bus rides to work and tax cuts for small business and extra taxes on the wealthy plus restrictions on trade with the wealthy living outside the country.

    The proletariat is dumb fucks who can’t manage a ledger and whose capability for planning maxes out when they look for the loo.

    Even the fake dictarship of the proletariat, the Soviet Union, couldn’t manage.

  74. nymom says:
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    I think you could be right about Democracy but I think it would be more correct to say it’s a feature of Western civilization more than a feature of just Anglo-Saxon culture. I seem to remember reading in the Iliad of soldiers voting for their leader/king by either raising their shields or swords or some such thing. So it’s been a feature of the Western world for a very long time.

    So maybe it’s also a feature of societies at war a lot since you can’t really allow incompetent hereditary leadership unless you are in a very peaceful period. It’s a luxury really. Additionally I think a lot of the hereditary titles of European nobility were originally titled taken from an army’s ranks: Count and Duke and such.

    I also think like you that Democracy will begin to die off as the West does.

  75. What is democracy?
    Its formal meaning, its substantial meaning?

    In its formal meaning (people have the same weight in deciding who will govern them, and they decide it) we should have intellectual equivalence for it to be “real”.

    In its substantial meaning (rulers, and the colours of their rule, are determined by the nature the majority of the people), we could argue that in all the world there is democracy.

    Look at the average socially share-able account of World War II, or socially share-able opinion on sex differences in mind qualities. Then look at the average gurl’s Instagram or Facebook or testimony given to the court as she is divorcing.
    Can you notice the lying is as ubiquituous here and there? And the way they rationalize and moralize what they have done, too, is the same?
    At the bottom of the pile you find human nature, bare. As you go up, you can find only things/people endorsed by what’s below (i.e.: human nature). But the colours and shape are, broadly, the same. The dimensions and sharpness change.

    So there is democracy. And because what the nature of the majority of the people wants is not democratic (in the least), said democracy brings with it the (democratic) impossibility of democracy.

    And because I am democratic, I have no special gripes with it being how it is. When people will stop being lying machines, their rulers, their mainstream media, their books on sex & the mind, wars and history, sociology and society, and so on will have to stop as well.

  76. Republicans storming the SCIF is the first auspicious sign I’ve seen domestically. It’s been looking like CIA atavism would be managed solely from abroad, with collective coercion to peace. That would do nothing for the US subject population. But if Congress stops bending over for CIA secrecy and impunity, we can maybe get somewhere. Congress is going to have to quit this servile Mister Rogers shit from the likes of Wyden, “Pretty please may I ask a question?” To wrest control from CIA you’re going to have to destroy it, physically level it, purge it, and try and imprison the CIA nomenklatura in and out of Langley.

    Russ Baker showed us how the CIA regime purged Nixon back in Pat’s day. Even though Nixon knew CIA killed JFK, he didn’t know what he was up against. You need Abwicklung as in the DDR, elite consensus that it’s time to shitcan the regime. If you purport to give a rat’s about democracy, you have to get rid of the criminal enterprise that rules you. That’s CIA.

  77. Dannyboy says:
    @O. P.

    I tend to believe the Hong Kong folks are just as authentic as the Yellow Vests.

    Whoever the fuck wants to live in China, let them go there.

  78. Dannyboy says:
    @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    Pat Buchanan, Joe Sobran and Sam Francis were naming the Jew when you were still suckin’ your Momma’s tit.

    Take it easy with that bullshit.

  79. The only thing the CIA “did” to Nixon (personal employer of Pat’s dirty tricks back in the day) was to refuse to run cover for his Watergate bunglers and try to impede the FBI’s investigation.

    The White House kept trying to muscle the CIA into covering for the break-in bunglers (“National Security” don’t ye know?)

    Director Helms refused and was forced out in early 1973.

    Nixon was a crook and Trump is a petty racketeer and lowlife fraudster.

    Cut the conspiracy crap and grow up.

  80. MEexpert says:
    @animalogic

    Why is this happening Pat? You don’t know so you have a waffle about “Democracy”.

    The answer is very simple Pat. Three letters; U.S.A or C.I.A.

    Especially, in Iraq and Lebonan the imprints of CIA and perhaps Saudi Arabia and Israel are all over the protests. There will never be any peace and/or democracy in the world, as long as USA keeps meddling in other countries’ affairs. Neither will there be prosperity in the US as long as the money is wasted in other countries.

  81. Dannyboy says:

    Hey kiddies, calm down, quit the Adderall and listen up.

    Pat Buchanan worked for decades in our interests. He was called a “white supremacist” “racist” and “anti-Semite” before most of you angry little boys were conceived.

  82. The only “three letters” you have to know Pat ain’t “C-I-A” – they’re “G-O-P”.

    The latter have finally lost what few marbles they had left and are now going full bore for a dictatorship.

    Only trouble with their dictatorship is that we are required to believe their increasingly crazy faux news conspiracy fantasies.

  83. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Miggle

    Whenever this subject comes up I say, I say it again and again: US citizens would be far happier today, on the whole far more prosperous today, if Muammar Gaddafi had been ruling the USA as an autocrat for the last two or so generations.

    What if George Washington had been crowned King George I of America? Could that have worked out?

    If he’d been made a constitutional monarch my guess is that the results would have just as bad as the current situation. But if he’d been made an absolutist monarch?

    Unfortunately America’s Founding Fathers had an irrational phobia of monarchy. Much like the Romans who were terrified by the thought of having a king. They ended up with a military dictator who was king in all but name (and whose successors became emperors) but with the disadvantage of having no clear-cut rules of succession. So they had potential chaos every time an emperor died.

  84. KenH says:
    @TTSSYF

    Sure, no problem. After all, Trump has shown how easy it is to get the global Leftists in the Deep State, Dem party, and big media to back down….

    You mean the same half serious, double talking, flip flopping Donald Trump whose hired more swamp creatures than he’s drained? I know what I prescribed has a snowball’s chance in hell of happening but barring secession in the near future that’s what needs to happen if whites are to survive. We someone to dissolve the corrupt, donor owned Congress, overthrow the deep state and rule in the interests of the founding stock.

    The future dictator needs to get the military behind him to he can use them to crush the CIA and FBI like the cockroaches that they are if they dare try to thwart him or launch another coup.

    Democracy sure as hell won’t save us and we can’t vote our way out of this.

    • Agree: TTSSYF
  85. Anon[214] • Disclaimer says:

    Democracy dies in countries that have low-IQ voters who lack a sense of civic responsibility. It’s that simple.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  86. Anon[214] • Disclaimer says:
    @Miggle

    Charles got into trouble: 1st) Because he was shaking down the nobility and wealthy merchant classes for taxes for an unpopular religious war, and throwing people in jail to force them to contribute. 2) Because he tried to confiscate old church lands from the British nobility that had been in their hands for a hundred years, ever since Henry VIII seized Catholic Church property during the Protestant Reformation and distributed it to his followers. The families who owned those lands were enraged at the thought of giving them all up, and they declared war on Charles.

    No, plenty of people were not happy under Charles. Charles was a bonehead.

  87. Hey, shiny objects 80, your CIA shill medal’s in the vault, you can go dandle it now. Nice try, ignoring the meticulously documented open source evidence of CIA’s purge of Nixon, one of many illegal domestic operations:

    https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/06/17/watergate-downing-nixon-part-1/

    Read all the parts and come back and tell us why the facts are false. Extra CIA stars on your token board for using the magic word conspiracy – that makes your groundless assertions super-convincing! Helms was replaced by Schlesinger, who extracted the family jewels of CIA crime, redacted to this day because the CIA putsch against JFK is in there. CIA is chartered with impunity in municipal law and regulation so of course it’s a criminal enterprise. It is going to be gelded by the civilized world and stormed and razed by the US public like the Stasi. Out body politic’s infested with CIA parasites – we’re going to shit you hookworms out.

    • Agree: Dannyboy
  88. TTSSYF says:
    @Anon

    Exactly. Democracy requires self-restraint and a big-picture perspective. That requires some minimum levels of IQ (and EQ).

  89. barr says:

    “The two most recent presidents, Barack Obama and Trump, came to office firmly in favour of withdrawing from the region. But the US’s military-industrial complex proved too powerful for them. Trump has been particularly emphatic about this, but his unpredictability and aggressive rhetoric has muddied his intentions. He has played hard and soft with Iran, tried to leave Afghanistan but not dared to do so, and now leaves the Kurds in the lurch. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/14/trump-troops-syria-leave-iraq-afghanistan-us

    Our democracy is monitored by military as it in many other countries.

  90. Johan says:

    Democracy only happens in a (cyclic) phase of decline, the Western world being in a phase of gradual decline since a century or two, with a rapid downward cycle since the end of WWII and the sixties revolutions. Democracy means the dictatorship of the masses, who are then perpetually fooled by the corrupt who emerge from the masses and start floating to the top. Democracy has nothing to do with the ideal of free speech, or rather, the latter does not depend on the former. Free speech is not about the right to have a vote in everything.

    The philosophers who stood at the basis of Western philosophy and political philosophy, foremost Plato (Western philosophy being ‘a footnote to Plato’) and Aristotle did not think much about democracy, to say the least.. Whereas Aristotle held some type of democracy in regard which is quite different from the modern Western democracies.

    So democracy will go, the most probable scenario currently is that of liberals (crypto communists) under the guidance of the techno elites will seize control and bring about a soft tyranny, which in itself eventually has to go too in order to make room for a fase of cultural flourishing.

    The US has been deliberately made a republic, to prevent the idiocy and disaster of democracy, still, still much of its idiocy (demagogy, mass hysteria) has been introduced. The philosophers who stood at the basis of the enlightenment in Europe also often where not in favour of democracy (Voltaire Rousseau, etc.).

    Democracy is the Christianity of contemporary times, in the sense that it is the dominant belief system, in a matter of a few generations though, democracy could be massively regarded as some ideology of the past.

    To quote Oscar Wilde

    “High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. It has been found out. I must say that it was high time, for all authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised. When it is violently, grossly, and cruelly used, it produces a good effect, by creating, or at any rate bringing out, the spirit of revolt and Individualism that is to kill it. When it is used with a certain amount of kindness, and accompanied by prizes and rewards, it is dreadfully demoralising. People, in that case, are less conscious of the horrible pressure that is being put on them, and so go through their lives in a sort of coarse comfort, like petted animals, without ever realising that they are probably thinking other people’s thoughts, living by other people’s standards, wearing practically what one may call other people’s second-hand clothes, and never being themselves for a single moment.”

    “Their authority is a thing blind, deaf, hideous, grotesque, tragic, amusing, serious, and obscene. It is impossible for the artist to live with the People. All despots bribe. The people bribe and brutalise. Who told them to exercise authority? They were made to live, to listen, and to love. Someone has done them a great wrong. They have marred themselves by imitation of their inferiors. They have taken the sceptre of the Prince. How should they use it? They have taken the triple tiara of the Pope. How should they carry its burden? They are as a clown whose heart is broken. They are as a priest whose soul is not yet born. Let all who love Beauty pity them. Though they themselves love not Beauty, yet let them pity themselves. Who taught them the trick of tyranny?”

    Perhaps the author aims at a democracy which ‘is used with a certain amount of kindness’, the perpetual soft sleeping pill.. where no one really revolts anymore. Except as we see in our days, the progressive funded puppets of disruption, they have to be funded and agitated though, as most people out here know, the rest of the people at large are enjoying the sleeping people of democracy.

  91. V says:

    Deep State fighting the people.
    The war of the Elite on freedom.

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