You Cannot Afford Democracy
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You Cannot Afford Democracy

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Copied from Brett Stevens by
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| North America North America

You think you can afford it, but it will bury you. Democracy is what happens when selfish people gather in a group so that they will not be held accountable for their actions. “There’s strength in numbers” — ever hear that one? How do you punish a mob? You do not, and so people form little groups to enable individualists to act out without blame: gangs, cults, cliques, mobs, herds, crowds, stampedes.

Democracy is just a formalized form of the mob. By writing down rules and laws, they think they have legitimized what is basically anti-leadership and anti-values which we pretend are somehow morally superior because everyone gets an (insignificant) voice. The truth of democracy is that whatever is simplest and most distracting — bread and circuses — wins, and everyone loses.

This week shows us the peak of Liberal democracy heading into the downfall as California proves how entitlement programs will swallow up society itself because costs are infinite while resources are not:

It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag.

This is a state with a $171 billion budget in total, and now they will need to find another $200 billion in addition to their current outlays for healthcare, and what feds and local communities throw in.

If you want a cosmic metaphor, healthcare is a black hole. In that way, it is like all socialist programs: society has a few really productive members and a whole lot of “me too” type people, and when you enact wealth transfer from the productive in order to destroy a caste structure to society, you kill the goose that laid golden eggs and your society starves.

Just like in Venezuela. Cuba. The Soviet Union. Post-Revolutionary France. Cambodia. Zimbabwe. North Korea. Socialism is not so much a “command economy” as it is a demand that wealth be distributed to the Crowd, which discriminates against those who are more productive, and as a result, creates a society of minimal contributors that cannot sustain itself.

In any group of humans, “let’s divide up what we have equally” is the most popular topic of conversation, and in the same group, one in twenty people produce most of that wealth. When you tell them that they are in effect slaves to the rest and must work to support them, they make a simple calculus: produce, and give up my life for idiots, or join the line of expectant mouths and have time to myself?

Socialism does not work. Egalitarianism does not work for the same reason: when you divide up power, those who know better stop contributing, and then idiots rule you. Looking around at politics in the US/EU, it is clear that the end result of liberal democracy is permanent leadership by indistinguishable idiots. Who really can tell the difference between Francois Hollande and Immanuel Macron, or Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel, or Theresa May and Tony Blair?

As the world is reeling from the notice that in California, one government program will cost more than twice the entire government budget, Donald Trump has launched an ambitious attack on the entitlement spending integral to democracy, which since the 1930s has taken over most of the US budget:

President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers.

…The plan would slash Medicaid payments, increase monthly student loan payments and cut food stamps and agricultural subsidies, each backed by powerful constituencies.

…He’s also proposing severe cuts to foreign aid and tighter eligibility for tax cuts that benefit the working poor. He also seeks cuts in food stamps and disability insurance.

Trump’s budget recognizes the truth: entitlements and civil rights programs make government into a huge powerful monster, and if we cut those, people will become self-reliant and stop stealing from each other under the guise of tax and spend and wealth redistribution. This rewards the productive and forces the unproductive to either become useful or face Darwinian consequences.

With the Trump budget, the Republicans have become the party of science once again, instead of denying Darwinism like the Left.

If government slashed its entitlement programs, it would eliminate up to 60% of its budget.

Looking further, Trump wants to downsize the bureaucracy and provide incentives for people to leave behind dependency programs like entitlements:

…would cut domestic agencies by 10 percent in 2018 and by 40 percent in 2027…

…Medicaid cuts of $610 billion would come alongside $250 billion savings — partly fueled by limiting expanded Medicaid — from repealing Obamacare. Food stamps would be cut by $193 billion.

Federal workers would see much less generous retirement benefits under the budget. Eliminating cost-of-living adjustments for retirees would save $42 billion while increasing required employee retirement contributions would save $72 billion. And the budget would save $72 billion through cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance.

Part of what keeps the system going is that it rewards people for mere participation. This creates legions of bureaucrats and clerks who expect to work easy jobs and then retire with massive benefits. Once that practice is legitimized, those in private industry will expect the same, and demand government pay for it. They will rob tomorrow to pay for today.

This mentality — participation, subsidies, entitlements, benefits — is like a path through a forest. Once you start going down the path, it is hard to see where it branched off, so you make the best of the path, but as time passes, you go further down it. Until you repudiate the decision to take the path in the first place, the path itself becomes your purpose, and you cannot change.

Democracy always goes down this path. Democracy starts with the idea of equality. Once that seems to work, people assume that whatever the herd votes for is good. At that point, the herd realizes that it can write checks on tomorrow’s account with impunity, and begins to award itself little freebies here and there.

At first, this is always done in the name of “the poor,” referring to a group of natural selection failures who seem to never do well no matter what is done for them. This group is a perfect symbol because all of the armchair voters imagine themselves impoverished, and react emotionally by approving whatever is done in the name of the poor.

But democracy is not finished. It finds other groups to add to the list, because each time it comes up with a justification that voters will knee-jerk approve, its power grows, as does the wealth going to all those bureaucrats, politicians, clerks and public servants. The trough is full, and they will belly up and feast until beaten back.

To pay for all this, government introduces little methods of making wealth. New taxes, especially on products that not everyone uses. Speeding tickets, fines, service fees. Once these are on the books, they expand every few years when someone notices that government cannot pay its bills. The take always expands, and people work less efficiently in retaliation.

Eventually this creates the system in which we find ourselves: ruled by fools, chasing after symbolic victories, ignoring real problems and living in a Potemkin economy where most jobs are make-work to keep the tax-and-spend empire going, in which we claim to be an important economy because we give people free money and they spend it on plastic junk to amuse themselves before they toss it in the landfill.

In such a system, people have two choices: they can either signal that they are good obedient citizens by repeating the dogma heaped on them, or they can resist it and risk becoming social outcasts. This creates a system that is a more effective form of totalitarianism because it is invisible and enforced by the citizens on each other.

Do not say you were not warned! If the crisis of democracy was not apparent to you from the way ancient Athens just dropped out of history, then consider the lesson of the French Revolution: claiming to be unjustly impoverished, “we the people” revolted and made themselves more impoverished, but not before killing off the smartest and best ten percent of their society, dropping the average IQ by ten points.

That event, called The Terror, seems to be in history books but is explained as an unfortunate necessity for the People’s Victory. In our modern era, we have made The Terror into a daily event, where instead of killing people we simply destroy the best among us with boring jobs, ugly repetitive life, disgusting mass culture, millions of petit tyrants in middle management and endless red tape.

Anyone with any brains would bail out, and most of them have, which conveniently clears the field for those who are insane, neurotic or simply rationalizing the decline — that first option above of being good obedient citizens — to take over and do even more damage. The death spiral has been reached and there is no way out.

The West has killed itself with democracy, which was its response to instability. Instead of working toward the difficult solution of fixing root problems, people opted instead to divide up the wealth and live easy on the momentum of the past.

Democracy will not stop terrorism. People who succeed in democracy do so by being obedient, which means repeating egalitarian dogma no matter what happens. They will not divide us. Muh freedom. Muh rights. Muh diversity. All of these things stem from egalitarianism, or the idea that all people “should” be equal, so we will make it so with government force, taxes and welfare.

Any who deviate from the dogma are punished, and only those who approve of the dogma succeed in the system, so most people just go along with the forced march to doom. They cleverly blame everyone but themselves, since if they were to reject the dogma, they might give up some of what they have today in exchange for a better tomorrow. We cannot have that; we would feel like we bought losing lottery tickets!

This leads us to the current day, where anything resembling common sense is demonized for being disobedient to the dogma of equality, and Godwin’s law is always enforced:

Katie Hopkins has been reported to police for calling for a “final solution” following the terror attack at Manchester Arena.

The Mail Online columnist swiftly deleted the tweet, which echoed the Nazi term for the Holocaust, amid widespread condemnation for the “despicable” post.

The herd objects to anyone who fails to affirm the dogma of our time. They are terrified of change, but more than that, they resent and hate any suggestion that herd rule has failed us. Even though they acknowledge that they have the power of the vote, they will always blame someone else for their own bad decisions. This is how it goes in a democracy.

The fact is that we have not left behind our glorious Simian heritage at all. As William S. Burroughs once wrote:

Spot of bother there. Scalpel fight with a colleague in the operating room. And my baboon assistant jumped on the patient and tore him to pieces. Baboons always attack the weakest party in an altercation. Quite right too. We must never forget our glorious simian heritage.

In human tribes, we always attack the person who is socially weakest, because we are creatures of the Word and not the body entirely. Whoever offers up an opinion that unsettles the group is immediately attacked; civilization was possible while this urge was suppressed by maintaining a focus on transcendental goals, but now, we have settled back into monkey dynamics.

Democracy always shifts Leftward, but before that point, unless stopped by those who have more wisdom, civilization always shifts Leftward because people want to believe that they are immune to criticism, and equality delivers on that promise. If we are all equal, no one can be seen as wrong and therefore lose status in the group.

In this way, the principle behind a monkey troupe is the same as behind a union, gang, cult, clique or other “dark organization” within a larger organization. They value stability of the group over getting anything done. When someone acts in any way that is smarter than what everyone else is doing, they attack.

This is the built-in self-destruct feature on human civilizations. Unless humans are actively oppressed, or at least the majority of them are, they form a riot mob and tear down everything good. This is because good things insult them, while mediocrity makes them feel comfortable because it does not reveal them to be lower.

As a result, when you see Leftists or other Crowdist groups out there, keep in mind that they want to see you die. They want to tear down everything good, beautiful and true. They want to sabotage anything more than subsistence, third-world-style living. They will try to destroy you unless you force them to heel. They are driven by a mixture of envy, fear, scapegoating, resentment, narcissism and opportunism.

Human living becomes simple when you view us as a biological species that behaves like other animals. If we want to be more than a third world ruin, we must install and perpetuate a social order based on putting the intelligent and good in charge, and taking care of everyone else by restraining their power. This is what it means to be anti-egalitarian.

Regarding the situation at hand, we will continue to have terrorism until we get rid of democracy because the herd is actually just fine with terrorism. To them, it is like a lottery: we all played, and they won by not dying, and in the meantime, they are going to virtue signal and attention whore about how great diversity is because it asserts their desired order of mediocrity winning over excellence.

Democracy wants you dead, at least if you are above the only true “equality” that exists, which is a lack of any exceptional ability. Inside every human being lurks the potential for this kind of vindictive and petty behavior. And so, despite knowing that it means more terrorism, voters go into those booths and pull the levers for what gratifies this impulse to destroy. And so it goes, over and over again.

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