The rise of democracy & collapse of liberty
Southern Nationalist Network
March 8, 2012
Part of the ideology that pro-Union apologists claimed to be advancing in the war against the Southern Confederacy was a belief in democracy. Abraham Lincoln resolved in his Gettysburg Address that ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’ Indeed, the United States expanded the franchise five years after the war to include male former slaves. Fifty years later the franchise was again expanded to include women. Three years earlier Woodrow Wilson led the United States into World War I to ‘make the world safe for democracy.’ Since that time the United States has engaged in many conflicts around the globe, often justified in part based on the claims that democracy had to be introduced or defended in distant lands. Dr Francis Fukuyama, who was once closely associated with the Neo-conservative movement and the George W Bush Administration, famously claimed that liberal-democracy was ‘the end of history.’
For many years the belief in and support for democracy has been virtually unchallenged in the United States and the Western World. The dichotomy that most people in the US are familiar with is one of democracy versus dictatorship. Anyone who voices opposition to democracy is quickly accused of supporting dictatorship. Many different non-democratic forms of government are often lumped together under this designation of ‘dictatorship.’ Recently, however, intellectual criticism of democracy has re-appeared, albeit not in the mainstream media or the government itself. For now, the regime continues to march along under the banner of democracy, but there are at least more respected professors, authors and public speakers who are challenging the ideological under-pinning of the Establishment.
One of democracy’s most prominent intellectual opponents is Dr Hans-Hermann Hoppe, considered by many to be the dean of Austrian Economics and the heir of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard (the two greatest proponents of the Austrian school in the twentieth century). Dr Hoppe’s 2001 book Democracy – The God that Failed is a devastating philosophical critique of the system praised so highly by Wilson and Fukuyama. Dr Hoppe demonstrates the incompatibility of democracy with property rights and liberty, reversing the tables on democracy advocates. He argues instead for a private law society based on self-ownership and property rights and defends traditional monarchy as the lesser of two evils when compared to democracy.