Conspiracy Theorist: 12/22/15

Democracy in name, oligarchy in reality

Mark Luedtke

In his polemic “Democracy, The God That Failed,” Hans-Hermann Hoppe argued, contrary to popular thought, democracy is a worse system of government than monarchy, which is worse than government ordered by natural rights. One of the reasons is the temporary duration of power in a democracy. Monarchs have incentive to grow the value of the property they rule over time to make themselves wealthier and pass on a wealthier state to their heirs. In contrast, rulers in a democracy may lose power at any time, and they don’t typically pass on their power, so they have incentive to loot as much as possible as rapidly as possible.
Furthermore, people ruled by a monarch recognize they are being looted, so they naturally resist, putting a limit on the amount of wealth a monarch may loot. However, people in a democracy are fooled into thinking rulers work for them, so their resistance to looting is dramatically reduced.
These points are proved by comparing the fantastic destruction meted out in total war by armies of democracies versus the limited damage done historically by armies of monarchs and by the fantastic amount of wealth looted by modern, democratic governments to the significantly smaller amount of wealth historically looted by monarchs, respectively. But despite the evidence of their eyes, people in democracies continue to believe their rulers work for them. Democracy is confused with freedom, even though the two are incompatible. The brainwashing performed in government schools and by government’s media propagandists is very thorough, and the overwhelming evidence supporting Hoppe’s position is ignored.
But that is starting to change.
In April 2014, researchers released a statistical analysis of 1,779 policies enacted between 1981 and 2002 and concluded the U.S. is an oligarchy—a government ruled by economic elites—not a democracy. CommonDreams.org explains: “‘Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …’ and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and, ‘America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened’ by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead ‘the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.’”
The Telegraph adds, “The positions of powerful interest groups are ‘not substantially correlated with the preferences of average citizens,’ but the politics of average Americans and affluent Americans sometimes does overlap. This is merely a coincidence, the report said, with the interests of the average American being served almost exclusively when it also serves those of the richest 10 percent.”
Democracy in the U.S. is an illusion, and we all know it. Like they say: If voting changed anything, it would be illegal. Reason and experience tell us so. Here are a few stories from April 2014:
– Speaker Boehner mocks Americans for not supporting amnesty.
– Sixty-one percent of Americans support the Keystone pipeline, but not Obama’s special interest cronies.
– The IRS audits less than 1 percent of large business partnerships, over 80 percent of which are large finance and insurance firms. Think Wall Street.
– Google is cozying up to governments all around the world because that’s how businesses make big bucks. That’s why governments as we know them—coercive states—exist.
This is also true locally:
– Kettering politicians ignore protesters, continue projects.
– Kettering schools in Obama-esque cover-up.
And now these researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities have proved it beyond any doubt. It’s true of all modern democracies, not just the U.S. This is the nature of the state.
But this isn’t the first study to uncover the evil nature of the state. Pitirim A. Sorokin and Walter A. Lundgren analyzed and documented the immorality of rulers in their book “Power and Morality” in 1959.
Finance professor Michael Rozeff commented, “I strongly recommend reading it to understand why rulers have higher levels of amorality and criminality than the average population of those whom they rule. The proportion of sociopaths and psychopaths among rulers is higher than in the population average. The state is an institution that distills the evil tendencies of human beings into a purer and more potent form by selecting those persons to rule who show greater criminal tendencies and capabilities.”
Rasmussen reported some good news, “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 53 percent of likely U.S. Voters think it is fair to say neither party in Congress is the party of the American people.” Only 53 percent? A slight majority recognizes the reality, but it’s too little, too late. The U.S. collapse is already in progress.

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Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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