This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Democracy implies the use of force

To reinforce the point that democracy is not a sophisticated system, but is rather suited to the most primitive societies, we can cite Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn:

“One could well imagine that if seven out of ten cavemen wanted to do a thing collectively in one way and the three others decided differently, the majority of these cavemen (assuming that they are of about equal bodily strength) could force the rest to accept their decision. The rule of majorities, in combination with the employment of brutal force, is likely to be the most primitive form of government in the development of mankind.”[1]

As a further illustration of the crudeness of majority rule, it is worth noting that even though in theory the proponents of democracy picture their system as a highly advanced form of social cooperation, this is never the case in the concrete political reality. Taking the current situation of the United State as an example, there seems at any given time to be at least half the population which is dissatisfied by the operation and decisions of the governing authority, and in no way feels that the decisions being made by it are an expression of their own will. This amounts to saying that they feel they are being governed by an oppressive and alien authority, and the only reason they put up with the oppression is because they entertain hopes of someday becoming oppressors themselves.[2]

Democracy, then, differs not in the degree of force required to carry out the wishes of the government, but in the condition of passivity it has been able to instill in its people by doing nothing else but ‘letting them drive’ every so often—or, even if not actually allowing them to drive, at least giving them a tour of the cockpit.

All this goes to show that government by force is alive and well in the democratic system, as it always has been, and insofar as it is alive and well, democracy cannot be said to represent an advance, but instead only mirrors the earliest of possible arrangements. It is the arrangement of the caveman.

[1] Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Menace of the Herd (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1943), p. 103.

[2] “Universal suffrage in the end does not recognize any of the individual’s rights except the ‘right’ to be alternately oppressor or oppressed” (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Scholia to an Implicit Text. 2013, Bilingual Edition. p. 181. Since this edition does not offer numbers with aphorisms, they will be referenced by page number for this edition.)

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