Actually, in its essence, democracy is a totalitarian ideology, though not as extreme as Nazism, fascism or communism. In principle, no freedom is sacred in a democracy, every aspect of the individual's life is potentially subject to government control. At the end of the day, the minority is completely at the mercy of the whims of the majority. Even if a democracy has a constitution limiting the powers of the government, this constitution too can be amended by the majority. The only fundamental right you have in a democracy, besides running for office, is the right to vote for a political party. With that solitary vote you hand over your independence and your freedom to the will of the majority.
Many democratic countries are wealthy and therefore people often think that democracy is necessary to achieve prosperity. Actually, the reverse is true. Democracy doesn’t lead to prosperity, it destroys wealth.
Prosperity is created wherever the rights of individuals are adequately protected - in particular property rights. To put it differently, wealth is created wherever people are able to own the fruits of their labor. In that situation people are motivated to work hard, take risks and use the available resources efficiently.
==Beyond Democracy (Karel Beckman and Frank Karsten)Dictatorial measures, rapidly multiplied, have tended continually to narrow the liberties of individuals; and have done this in a double way. Regulations have been made in yearly-growing numbers, restraining the citizen in directions where his actions were previously unchecked, and compelling actions which previously he might perform or not as he liked; and at the same time heavier public burdens, chiefly local, have further restricted his freedom, by lessening that portion of his earnings which he can spend as he pleases, and augmenting the portion taken from him to be spent as public agents please. ===The Man Versus the State (Herbert Spencer)
In the United States, for example, a country brimming with official “protectors” of every imaginable stripe, the populace suffered in 2004, according to figures the government itself endorses, approximately 16,000 murders, 95,000 forcible rapes, 401,000 robberies, 855,000 aggravated assaults, 2,143,000 burglaries, 6,948,000 larcenies and thefts, and 1,237,000 motor vehicle thefts.13 The governments of the United States have taken the people’s liberties—if you don’t think so, you need to spend more time reading U.S. Statutes at Large and the Code of Federal Regulations, not to mention your state and local laws and ordinances—but where’s the protective quid pro quo? They broke the egg of our liberties, without a doubt, but where’s the bloody omelet of personal protection and social order?It is said, of course, that democracy serves as a check on the rulers, but owing to a variety of practical difficulties, including the problem of faits accomplis that I discuss in this volume, this check is a feeble one, indeed. On careful inspection, the two-party system turns out to be a fraud because whenever the powers and privileges of the political elite as a whole are challenged, the parties coalesce rather than compete. It is more accurate to say that in effect the United States has a one-party state with two factions that compete to a limited extent, but only with regard to secondary matters.
By constantly emphasizing the parties’ differences and their political conflicts, the politicians and the news media divert the public’s attention from the parties’ solidarity in regard to everything fundamental to their shared hold on state power.===Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy (Robert Higgs)
And of course this does not include the tens of thousands of regulations promulgated by the state governments. Bureaucracies will expand for ever, and ever until they can do so no more. They never die until they either are starved to death or kill the host, in the case of America it appears it will be both. Then chaos followed by freedom.
Just in the last few weeks, the Obama administration has proposed or imposed over 1,200 new regulations on the American people that will add even more to the already crushing $2 trillion per year cost burden of the federal regulatory machine. According to data compiled from the federal government’s Regulations.gov website by the Daily Caller, most of the new regulatory schemes involve energy and the environment — 139 during a mere two-week period in December, to be precise. In all, the Obama administration foisted more than 75,000 pages of regulations on the United States in 2014, costing over $200 billion, on the low end, if new proposed rules are taken into account.
Just one of those “rules” by the out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the so-called “coal ash” regulation, is expected to cost as much as $20 billion, estimates suggest. Another oncoming rule, which experts and analysts say is likely to be the most expensive federal regulation in all of U.S. history, could wreak havoc across the nation and crush the economy to the point that economic growth halts completely, experts said. Even Christmas lights, though, are now in the administration’s regulatory crosshairs, along with virtually everything else.
While the insatiable Obama White House “pen and phone” machine has been spewing costly and draconian regulatory edicts at a fast and furious pace since taking power six years ago, it seems that the Holiday season has featured an even larger than usual number of wild decrees. Late last month, for example, as Americans were occupied with Thanksgiving, the Obama administration emitted what has been widely decried as the most costly single regulation in American history.
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