The View From 1776
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Liberal-Progressives And Democracy
Pure democracy is little more than a mob looting and destroying society in slow motion. And our version of democracy - Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal welfare state - tends strongly in that direction, far removed from the federal republic established by the Constitution in 1787-89.
Advocating ratification of the Constitution in 1787-89, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers that democracies are historically the least stable of all forms of government. Once a majority succumbs to greed unleashed by awareness that they have the power to confiscate other people’s property for their own benefit, the way is open for demagogues like Franklin Roosevelt to rise to power as “friends of the people.”
Such tyrants will be supported by the liberal-progressive elite, who fancy that they are uniquely endowed with the intelligence to restructure society and its government in ways that will perfect them. Those liberal-progressive elites, from 1917 until the 1960s vocally supported the so-called scientific socialism of Lenin and Stalin, even defending the Soviet Union’s slaughter of tens of millions of its citizens in the name of socialistic perfection, a form of government that was supposed to bring democratic equality to everyone.
This liberal-progressive infatuation with radical democracy dates to the French Revolution, which burst upon the world in 1789, the same year as the ratification of our Constitution. At the end of the 19th century, Ivy League social scientists began to inculcate the false idea that our 1776 War of Independence had really been the same sort of radical mob uprising as the French Revolution, that it was aimed at imposing democracy upon the thirteen colonies.
Read Patrick Buchanan’s essay regarding today’s mindless support of anything that is labeled democracy.