Democracy pages

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”. Plato

“Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority.” Henry David Thoreau

“The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice—you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media, so they control just about all the information you get. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying—lobbying, to get what they want.” George Carlin

Anarchism is democracy taken seriously.” (Edward Abbey) But Abbey didn’t understand a lot of things

George Woodcock: “even were democracy possible, the anarchist would not support it…Anarchists do not advocate political freedom. What they advocate is freedom from politics…”

Democratic failures

Self governance

Myth of rule of law

A rigged system

June C4SS Mutual Exchange Symposium: Anarchy and Democracy

The Solution of the Social Problem

source excerpts from The Solution of the Social Problem P-J. Proudhon 1848 critique of representative or parliamentary democracyThe “ideal republic” is “an organization that leaves all opinions and all activities free. In this republic, every citizen, by doing what he wishes...

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Equality and libertarianism

  by Hume, (not David): source Libertarian political philosophy is often criticized for not taking equality seriously as an important political value. Is this charge legitimate? Do libertarians reject the idea of equality as such? Do they reject the idea that...

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On Organization

Tom Wetzel "Consensus" has had a certain popularity as a decision-making method among social change groups since the '60s, especially within the anti-nuclear movement but also in anarchist and radical feminist circles. I think we can understand why if we...

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Organization and Conflict: Free Association vs. Politics

[cross-posted at Brainpolice at The Mises Community] source Free association and competition resolves conflict while politics, especially democratic politics, enables and ultimately depends on conflict. All disagreements between people about how to organize can theoretically be resolved through free association, as...

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Anarchism As Skepticism

[cross-posted at Brainpolice at The Mises Community] "The government is necessary. The government is legitimate. Democracy is representative of the people. Democracy is the best form of government. Majority rule is legitimate. Checks and balances actually function. Voting is meaningful or...

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The “Love It Or Leave It” Argument

brainpolice source Libertarians are likely to be familiar with and annoyed by the "love it or leave it argument", which roughly goes something like this: "If you don't like the government, why do you live here? Why don't you just...

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Anarchism! = “Giving Up”

Originally posted at LessGovernment.com. brainpolice I’ve seen it expressed in many different ways: “I hate the government, but anarchy would be even worse.” “Voting for radical reformers is one thing, but we shouldn’t just throw away our republic/democracy/whatever!” “Anarchists want to...

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The Anarchist Critique of Democracy

source What is democracy, precisely? Will it ever deliver on what it promises? How significant is the difference between state democracy and direct democracy? Is anarchism a kind of direct democracy, or something else entirely? And how do democratic discourse...

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