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Pure Democracy

Vic Biorseth, http://www.CatholicAmericanThinker.com

(Note that "pure Democracy" is impossible and cannot work for any but the very smallest organizations. We simply cannot all vote on everything that comes up. A truly pure Democracy would be represented by a lynch mob, in which the majority rules, despite any immorality or illegality of the action up for vote. What is meant here by pure Democracy is a rhetorically, hypothetically perfect Representative Government of a free people operating within a free and open market.)

Pure Democracy, built on the Jeffersonian model, is a representative government system that operates independent of free market Capitalism, except to keep it free. (For instance, to legally restrict monopoly, enforce contract law, prosecute fraud, etc.) Free market Capitalism absolutely requires freedom from government planning. There must be a divorce between government control and any private business, which must be recognized as a free enterprise. Government is public, but free enterprise is private. Other than to keep free enterprise free and fair, government must be un-involved in the business of the people.

Free market Capitalism is an economic system that must be free of any planning or excessive controlling influence in order to properly operate.

A pure Democracy cooperating with a natural free market Capitalism is the economic and social system in which individuals are free to own the means of production and to maximize profits, and where an automatic price system determines resource allocation in accordance with supply and demand. The right of the individual to excel, or to improve himself or his condition is granted, along with all other individual rights, at the expense of one single individual right: the right to be exactly the same as everyone else. The balance between the mutually exclusive ideals of individual liberty and total equality always favors individual liberty at the expense of total equality. (Constitutional and civil law guarantees equality before the law, but not equality of “outcome”, i.e., equality of income, housing, clothing, etc.)

The rule of subsidiarity, whose two main precepts are that everyone who is affected by an issue should be in the jurisdiction responsible for it, and that as few people as possible who are not affected by an issue should have jurisdiction or responsibility over it, says that all political authority should be vested in the most local jurisdiction possible. Problems affecting only a town should be handled by that town, county problems by that county, etc., and problems that can be handled by any part of the private sector should not be given over to any level of government at all.

Subsidiarity operates best in a pure Democracy where government is limited. The opposing position in the culture war has the top level of government in charge of all aspect of economic, political and social life.

Truly Democratic people should be given, or rather, allowed to assume, as much responsibility as they are willing and able to assume. The ideal situation under pure Democracy (in the Jeffersonian mode,) cooperating with a natural economy based on free market Capitalism follows:

  • An individual citizen takes care of himself and his family.
  • He farms, or finds work, or starts a business, as he wills.
  • He pays his way, feeds, clothes, shelters and insures security to his family and educates his children to the best of his ability.
  • When he encounters hardship to great to bear, whether draught, business failure, unemployment, accident or other disaster, he first seeks help from his family, friends and church; then charitable organizations, individuals and businesses.
  • If he is still in need, he then goes to the township, and, if still lacking relief, moves his request up the hierarchy of county, state, and finally the federal government for relief.
  • The federal government should be the last place to go for any such relief, not the first.
  • Barring any such calamity, if the man is wise, frugal and not given to excess, he should be able in his lifetime to provide both for a comfortable retirement, and to leave his children at least as much, if not more, of an inheritance as his father left to him.
  • If, for whatever reason, his retirement is not provided for, then the same hierarchy should be traversed - family, friends, church, etc., again, with the federal government as an absolute last resort.
  • He should be willing and even anxious to take care of his parents and grand-parents in their dotage, and in a like manner his own children and grand-children should be a blessing to him in his old age.

That describes the ideal condition under pure Democracy. Many from the other side of the culture war call for personal liberty, or freedom, when what they really want is freedom to not have to do too much, or risk too much, or be responsible for too much, or suffer too many “liberty/responsibility” consequences; in other words, freedom to be lazy, and perhaps even freedom to be somewhat dependant. But true freedom is not for wimps, nor is it for the lazy; liberty has a price that is well worth paying at the individual level. Any person, left alone, will strive to improve his condition as best he can; nearly all will succeed; if they are left alone they will find a way. History repeatedly proves it.

This is where pure Democracy shines: very large numbers of people cannot improve their own condition without improving their larger environment. The greater the number of individuals striving for self-improvement, the greater will be the positive effect that this improvement will have on the entire economy.

Social “safety nets” need to exist at the lowest levels of government for the always very small number of people who cannot, as opposed to the always larger number of those who will not, be able to take care of themselves for whatever reason.

The American people’s common Judeo-Christian ethos directs them to look out for the interests and well being of “the widow and the orphan” and “the stranger among you.” In the best examples of the application of this moral imperitive, the unfortunate and the outcast is adopted into other families. The family is a natural social support network.

People free to improve their own condition are the only source of the creation of new wealth, and they are most free to do so under pure Democracy. Free people improving their own condition in life are what drive Adam Smith's "invisible hand of Capitalism." (Wealth Of nations.)

In a pure Democracy, increased population is seen as a blessing. Only free people generate new wealth; governments only spend it. Experience shows that people free to improve their own condition show initiative, become more independent, generate new wealth, and are seen by their government as “human capital” rather than mouths-to-feed. Free people generally seek to increase their human population.

The socio-political counter argument to pure Democracy is Pure Socialism.

The larger “theory” containing Socialism is Marxism.

Also, see the Population Problem Hoax.



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