Democracy is dead. Long live the dictator.


More and more, I believe that a lot of universities should close their doors forever, their buildings be razed, and salt sown in the earth. It might be a good idea to go over the ruins with a flame-thrower, just to sure.

From Oxford University Press:

Bang, bang — democracy’s dead: Obama and the politics of gun control
When it comes to gun control and American politics then maybe – just maybe – could there be a case for a benevolent dictator who understands that the ballot and bullets, just like guns and safety, just don’t mix?

No. There isn’t.

I carry a gun for safety, as do at least 14,134,740 other Americans (that doesn’t count those who lawfully carry without a license). It seems to work since the American violent crime rates are at their lowest in decades, unlike the UK, where you have to fudge your allegedly low crime rates by failing to report 20% of the crimes, and by not even counting a murder until after an investigation, arrest, trial, and conviction; under the UK system, if a killer is never caught, they never add the death to their statistics. Given that their cops had to cede entire ‘no-go zones’ to the criminals, it seems justifiable to think the real crimes are astonomical.

And I might add that America is not a straight democracy. This is a representative constitutional republic. That means that unless you gin up the votes to amend the Constitution, there are some things you cannot do even if a ‘majority’ supposedly want it. As a British subject, who “was once, for a very short time, a member of the British Army but had to leave because he did not like guns or loud bangs,” I wouldn’t expect Flanders Flinders to grasp that subtle difference. As a “Professor of Politics,” writing on American politics, he certainly should.

What doesn’t mix is a ‘benevolent’ dictator and guns in the hands of the people. We set it up that way deliberately.

Given that Flinders wants to impose another dictator on America, I think we should hang on to our guns. We certainly should not send them to quivering cowards frightened of loud noises the next time their victim disarmament policies get the best of them.

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8 thoughts on “Democracy is dead. Long live the dictator.”

    1. And with programmable voting machines you don’t have to actually get your communist elected to install them, you only have to create the illusion that they could get elected.

    2. “The important thing is who counts the votes”

      Also important: Who gets to write the procedure.

      There was a congressman once who said, “if you get to write the bill, and I get to write the procedure, I’ll screw you every time.”

      Florida failed to pass open carry (with a permit, to be sure, but it’s an incremental improvement over none at all, and I love seeing incrementalism run my way for a change) this session, all because one man had the power to kill the bill which otherwise would have had majority support. Procedure. Rules. We got screwed.

      And also: Who gets to make the nominations.

  1. I can’t think of anything I’d want put to a vote, outside of a voluntary association, of course. I’d be surprised if such an association would find much to vote on either. 🙂

    The democratic “republic” is founded on the nutty notion that ordinary people are too stupid and evil to control their own lives and property, but are wise and good enough to select some of them to do it for them. Never did make a lick of sense to me.

    The only “dictator” I want is me… over my own life and property. 🙂

  2. “That no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)

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