Subject: Political Questions Resolved
Date: 22 Jan 1997 00:00:00 GMT
From: "Myrkury" <MyRK@VOICENET.com>
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Newsgroups: alt.fan.dan-quayle, alt.fan.ronald-reagan, alt.slack
Hey Odell and Co., listen up you numbnutz I'm about to provide you with
some stuff you can copy and seem smartz if you quote it ok.
"How does tyranny arise? That it comes out of democracy is fairly clear.
Does the change take place in the same sort of way as the change from
oligarchy to democracy? Oligarchy was established by men with a certain
aim in life; the good they sought was wealth, and it was the insatiable
appetite for money making to the neglect of everything else that proved
its undoing. Is democracy likewise ruined by greed for what it conceives
to be the supreme good?"
Paraphrase of Plato in Republic VII:562
"What is Democracy?:
Believing what we're told
Justice by numbers
A close shave
Everything all the time
The virtue that makes small
365 days till Xmass
The myth of mental illness
What is bureaucracy
Paid voting armies
Biding your time"
A pamphlet from "EXIT"
That's right fools, democracy sucks. It is in fact the cause of
dictatorship. Now the ol' US of A used to be a Republic, which was a form
of oligarchy. And this worked fine when only landed white men could vote.
But them Federalists got greedy, they wanted more then their fair share
of the largesse, so in order to do an end run around Jefferson's
Republicans they kept expanding the voter base. Eventually this
disenfranchisement of the landed Southern oligarchy led them into conflict
with the new Republican's concept of democracy. These new Republicans,
Lincoln for one, sought to further concentrate their power by means of
expanding full citizenship to as many people as possible. They did this,
not from altruism, but because they understood that the larger the
efranchised body of a polity is, the easier it is to controll by
Eventually the southern oligarchy cut a deal with the northern
"democracy," you might remember this as the end of reconstruction. This
led to a period of power sharing. This seemed to be a stable system until
it began to be pressured by those who sought to rise into power by
exploiting the naivite of the poor masses, Eugene Debbs for example. In
response the northern elites which controlled the "democratic" process
coopted the socialist rhetoric of the left and transformed it into the
progressive policies of Teddy Roosevelt. Again the south was left to its
own devices, but in the north the urban poor and women were brought into
the fold of the enfranchised citizenry in order to maintain the controll
of the elites.
But the Republicans had to give too much away in order to maintain their
ruling bloc. The fiscal sops used to maintain the allegiance of the upper
middle class were so irresponsible that the great depression resulted.
Onto this stage the old oligarchy made its return. The southerners knew
that they could never put one of their own in charge so they found the
perfect front man. FDR and his sponsors realized that the masses would
gladly accept an exchange of full citizenship for a job and food. This
was accomplished by setting up "patronage" systems in northern urban
centeres that resembled the southern plantation system. Instead of a
Massa, the masses were beholden to a "boss". Instead of picking cotton
they had to vote for the boss' candidate. Now this was unlike the
patronage of the past where work or favors were exchanged for government
jobs. This was cash in the form of welfare exchanged for votes.
This worked fine for a while and even aided the southern oligarchs
because it allowed them to begin a conversion to an industrail economy by
taking some of the pressure off of them to provide direct support for the
masses temporarily displaced by economic conversion.
Now this pissed the Republicans off something fierce. Not only were the
northern elites displaced from power but they had been victimized by the
same methods they had used to seize power ages ago. But they had one
advantage..the liberal bourgeoisie bleeding hearts which had been weighing
them down defected to the Democrats, the new party of the poor and
downtrodden. So what did the Republicans do? they adopted a policy of
reaction, promoting fear of the masses. They told Americans that they as
individuals were middle class and that they needed protection from the
poor. This was accomplised through "tough on socialism, tough on crime"
propaganda. This approach failed for a while until the liberals seized
controll of the Democrats by means of the "civil rights/guilt assuagement"
movement and the "anti-vietnam" movement. This led to a Republican return
to power on the national level though the Democrats patronage system
allowed them to retain congress. But the republicans were intellectually
bankrupt. They had abandoned their progressive system to the democrats
and couldn't maintain the levels of fear necessary to sustain power. So
they came up with supply side economics. a populist sop and a one time
payout to the rich. They came up with the war on drugs to replace the
commies and provide a new patronage structure. If you doubt this read up
on the "Partnership for a Drug-free America" it is a cash handout to a
bunch of bogus anti-drug efforts.
The Republicans ran into their same dead end once again though. They
could not afford to placate the masses and make the payouts to their elite
backers. So they had a recession and the Democrats came back into office
on their traditional platform, but they too could not afford the payoffs
so they lost congress.
So what does this mean? This means that:
The US was an oligarchy at its birth. Competing elites used
"democratization" as a tool in their power struggle, not as an end in
itself. Both elites gave away too much and in order to maintain control
they found themselves giving away so much that it was in fact
counterproductive to the goals of the oligarchy. So there is no going
back to that model. What is next for the USA? True democracy, where
equality is enforced and mediocraty is the highest ideal. Now this is a
terrible possiblity. The old oligarchy is, trying to save us by returning
to real power in an attempt to save this nation from the evils of
democracy. Unfortunately the class based models of the Democrats and the
Republicans are bankrupt. But there are new paradimes on the horizon.
The republicans are trying to use the old "you are a part of the majority
and we will protect you from the minorities" scam in the context of
lifestyles by dealing with the religious fundamentalists and nativists.
The Democrats are trying the old "we will protect you" scam by defining
the world as such a complex place that the nation needs to have descisions
made for it by an elite of the "informed."
So we have the options of:
1. A true democracy..which nobody wants.
2. Tyranny..which nobody wants (except the tyrant)
3. A Republican Theocratic Republic..which ain't bad unless you are not a
4. A Democratic Oligarchy of the Intelligensia..which aint bad unless you
like to make up your own mind and didn't go to an elite Ivy league school.
So in summary I have a great deal of hope for this country. My dream is
that on July 5, 1998 the saucers will come and kill enough people that
those who remain are few enough in number to just get along cause they all
know each other socially.
If you think you understand what I just said, you are a fool.
If you understand what I just said you are an idiot.
NOW GO DIE RIGHT NOW!