Can democracy coexist with capitalism?
Originally answered Jan 28, 2019 by Steven Miller
Democracy can never survive.
Capitalism has nothing to do with the demise of democracy.
There are strong moral reasons that the writers of the U.S Constitution did not want a democracy. They knew that democracy would create chaos and violence.
Even in the pagan Roman Empire, everyone knew the maxim of law that a democracy is prohibited. Multitudo errantium non parit errori patrociuum “The multitude of those who err furnishes no excuse for error.” This maxim of law has been perpetuated through the millennia to us today, but you ignore it. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for violating it. [Ignorantia juris quod quisque tenetur scire, neminem excusat. Ignorance of a law, which every one is bound to know, excuses no man.]
The U.S. Constitution promised to ensure domestic tranquility and secure the blessings of liberty. But today’s government exists by violence. Police, laws, courts, taxes, CPS, military and all other institutions of government exist by violent enforcement and threats of violence. Today’s government does NOT exist to protect your safety from violence. Safety and liberty are mutually incompatible. Ben Franklin once wrote that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, November 11, 1755; Reply to the Governor. This is inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the Statute of Liberty. By the way, Ben Franklin was at the Constitutional Convention. He also signed the Peace Treaty with Britain thereby authorizing the U.S. to exist. Perhaps he knew something about the purpose of government he authorized to exist. Perhaps you should pay attention, or forfeit both your liberty and safety.
The Constitution tried to secure the blessings of liberty. It guarantees a republic form of government, NOT a democracy. No form of collectivism can respect individual rights.
There is a reason that you do not have any remaining rights.
Frederic Bastiat in Economic Sophisms, Second Series, Chapter 1, The Physiology of Plunder, 1845:
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in a society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
Collectivists cannot recognize individual rights. Collectivists covet their neighbor’s wealth through taxation and usury. Once the cancer of covetousness metastasizes into a democracy, no society can recover. There is no amount of government regulations that can cure the corruption, greed, sloth, deception and perversion that is spread by democracy. If you insist on participating, you will find yourself dominated by those who refuse to manage their own lives.
The writers of the Constitution knew what would happen to any government that allows greedy people to vote. Voting for welfare is a conflict of interest — discussed below. John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, section 222, tells us that when government officers corrupt society, the result is
“to cut up the government by the roots, and poison the very fountain of public security…”
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EQUAL NEIGHBORS ?
Every July Fourth Americans celebrate another anniversary of the signing of a famous document that told the world we had a right to be free and independent because we hold the truth that all men are created equal. The truth that we are created equal is the received law of the land in America. Love your neighbor as yourself, there is no greater moral commandment. This is the essence of being created equal. You do not love your neighbor by forcibly taking plunder from one neighbor to give to another. Forced charity is not charity, it is violence. Taking from others is theft, even if legalized by the mob.
Democracy denies that we have a right to be free and independent. Instead of holding the truth that we are all created equal, a democracy holds the truth that the mob is King.
According to the Declaration of Independence, governments are instituted among men to secure rights. You gave up your rights when you recognized the legitimacy of plunder (government benefits). An ungrateful free man is reduced to slavery.
Partaking in this evil will guarantee that you cannot be free and independent. For many reasons: The received law-of-the-land tells us that availing oneself of benefits “oblige the inferior to take the will of him on who he depends”. Every Law Dictionary will tell you “The civil laws reduce an ungrateful freedman to his original slavery” Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinam servitutem redigunt.
In the words of Samuel Adams’ speech at the Philadelphia State House August 1, 1776:
“crouch down and lick the hands which feed you”.
Samuel Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, cousin of President John Adams, and an activist at the Boston Tea Party, delegate to the first Continental Congress and Governor of Massachusetts. Perhaps he knew something about the purpose of government. Perhaps you should pay attention.
In order to avail oneself of gifts, gratuities, and the benefits of mob rule, one must be willing to take something from his neighbor. By the phrase “willing to take something from his neighbor” I mean forcibly take from your neighbor if he fails to pay. You hired the tax collector to levy his wages, seize his bank account, and evict him with the force of guns if necessary, and sell his house in order for you to live more comfortably at his expense.
You have no right to take from others just because you want to live more comfortably. You have no right to crate a mob to take from others.
You become dependent on the state benefactors. Your greed has created the world you see around you. You now equate freedom with safety and comfort. Even though they are mutually exclusive. You converted your God-given responsibility to manage yourself into an intolerable burden.
More information on the ways you waived your rights is in my book The Citizen Cannot Complain.
Merely thinking that a collective can chose for you how you will give your charity is the opposite of “all men are created equal”. Forced charity is not charity. Read my essay on Welfare.
Domination is the opposite of “all men are created equal”.
Thomas Jefferson was “against every form of tyranny over the mind of man”. You welcomed tyranny when you were the tyrant, and now you complain. Collectivism in any of its forms cannot recognize individual rights.
The Constitution was written in the Quaker State, and the founding fathers would be well aware of traditional Quaker fundamentals. Quaker Apology #14 by Robert Barclay (1678):
“Concerning the power of the Civil Magistrate, in matters purely religious, and pertaining to the conscience:
Since God hath assumed to himself the power and dominion of the conscience, who alone can rightly instruct and govern it, therefore it is not lawful for any whatsoever, by virtue of any authority or principality they bear in the government of this world, to force the consciences of others; and therefore all killing [executions], banishing, fining, imprisoning, and other such things, which men are afflicted with, for the alone exercise of their conscience, or difference in worship or opinion, proceedeth from the spirit of Cain the murderer, and is contrary to the Truth; provided always, that no man, under the pretense of conscience, prejudice his neighbour in his life or estate; or do anything destructive to, or inconsistent with human society; in which case the law is for the transgressor, and justice to be administered upon all, without respect of persons”
He cited Luke 9:55-56; Matthew 7:12,29; Titus 3:10
Many people are fooled into thinking that the United States is a democracy. The US Constitution, Article 4, section 4 guarantees to every inhabitant a REPUBLICAN form of government.
THE U.S. CONSTITUTION DOES NOT CONTAIN THE WORD DEMOCRACY because democracy has no place in America. You have no right to dominate others. Others have very limited right to dominate you.
In a democracy, a majority votes to force their will on others. But in a nation where everyone is created equal, those who know right from wrong will never covet their neighbors’ goods, will not plunder the innocent, will not exercise dominion over others.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.
Any political party that seeks to dominate others is evil. Don’t send your benefactors out to take money (taxes) from your neighbors. The Constitution controls government, not people. Anyone who participates in an election agrees to the outcome, regardless of how abhorrent. Don’t dominate others. Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Using force (the force of law) to bleed your neighbors dry is evil. Using the force of law to regulate your neighbors out of business is evil.
In a republic, everyone has rights. Your Constitution guaranteed you a republican form of government. In a democracy, the misguided mobocracy forces their will on the minority. The word “Republic” comes from the Latin idiom `Libera res publica’, which means “free from things public”.
“We are a Republic. Real Liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.”
James Madison, 1787, Federalist Paper #10:
“Democracy is the most vile form of government … democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. …
Theoretical politicians who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would at the same time be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions”
Of course democracies are “spectacles of turbulence and contention.” Democracies are only for those who would take the risk of loosing their rights in exchange for the chance to dominate others.
Fisher Ames, who was the author of the words of the First Amendment, said:
“A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.”
John Adams, 1815:
“Democracy … while it lasts is more bloody than either [aristocracy or monarchy]. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court:
“Between a balanced Republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”
When we were convinced that it was no longer a sin to desire benefits at the expense of our neighbor “Faith, Hope, and Charity began to flee out of our Church”. [The Twelve Conclusions of the Lollards, The First Conclusion.]
Greek Historian Polybius The Histories Book 6, section 9:
“But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch.
Abraham Lincoln, September 11, 1858:
“Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage and prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trampling on the rights of others you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”
A popular saying attributed to American patriots:
“A simple democracy is the devil’s own government.”1,2
1.This quote is often attributed to several American patriots. Most often to Benjamin Rush, or Jedidiah Morse (the “father of American Geography”), but it was actually written by a Presbyterian pastor. L.H. Butterfield, ed., The Letters of Benjamin Rush, vol. 1 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951), 454, quoting John Joachim Zubly, Presbyterian pastor and delegate to Congress, in a letter to David Ramsay in March or April 1788.
2. William Elder, Questions of the Day, (Philadelphia: Henry Baird publisher, 1871) page 175, attributes the quote to Thomas Jefferson.
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A CANCER SORE WHICH EATS TO THE HEART OF THE CONSTITUTION
Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 19, 1787. Thomas Jefferson. In the paragraph starting at the bottom of page 290:
“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. … The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”
[Venality is the condition of being susceptible to bribery or corruption. The use of a position of trust for dishonest gain. The American Heritage Dictionary]
Why would he mention subservience?
Actions speak louder than words. Once you salute your new master you have acknowledged that you are the inferior, no longer equal.
Welcome to your Novus Ordo Seclorum secular new world order.
The words ballot and bullet are etymologically the same word. You have no right to dominate others with a ballot, or a bullet. Both are just as evil. We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. You had no respect for the rights of others. By registering to vote, you declare that you want a chance to dominate others. You got what you wanted. You consented to be governed. You wanted a system of domination. By registering to vote, you consented to the outcome. Again: you got what you wanted.
YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED
Do you have a God-given right to be protected against the consequences of your acts? Do you have a right to be protected against God’s discipline? Which god protects you?
Maxim of Law:
Ex dolo malo non oritur actio. He has invited what has come, and he must accept it.
The Supreme Court in U.S. v Cruikshank case, 92 U.S. at 551:
“It is the natural consequence of a citizenship which owes allegiance to two sovereignties, and claims protection from both. The citizen cannot complain, because he has voluntarily submitted himself to such a form of government.”
YOU CONSENTED TO BE GOVERNED
Those registered to vote agree to the outcome of the election, no matter how abhorrent.
If there is a bond issue on the ballot, then those who are registered to vote put up their real estate is collateral for the debt. Even after they sell their interest in the property to foreign buyers, the original collateral is subrogated until the bond is paid.
Those registered to vote are represented. They have entered society. Once represented Procurationem adversus nulla est proæscriptio. There is no prescription for procuration. If you are represented, then you cannot be damaged by your representative. Your submission must be a complete submission with the full understanding that you cannot be damaged by your representative.
UNREASONING MOBS DEMANDING YOUR MONEY?
Unreasoning mobs do not have authority.
Bouvier’s 1870 Law Dictionary, Vol 1, page 13 tells us that “The term republic, res publica, signifies the state independently of its form of government.” That’s right. The sovereign people are independent of the administrating governments in all republics. Freemen are free from civil authority. `Libera res publica’ (free from things public). In the Bible a Roman officer cannot arrest a Roman citizen according to Acts 22:27,29. Freemen are free from civil authority. However, the Roman law which still exists in America today also warns us that: “The civil laws reduce an ungrateful freedman to his original slavery” Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinam servitutem redigunt.
In a democracy, which we have had since 1933, you can vote to plunder others while demanding benefits. You too can exercise your democratic rights to persecute others. But, you must suffer the consequences.
Every voter has agreed to abide by the outcome of the election, even if he finds it abhorrent. Governments’ derive their powers from the consent of the governed. You have consented to be governed. So you’ve agreed, by registering to vote, that any misguided majority determines your moral values. Even the Supreme Court in a voter discrimination case(92 US@551) said: “The citizen cannot complain, because he has voluntarily submitted himself to such a form of government.” Registered voters consent to be taxed. Conversely, there would be no taxation without representation. Memorize this legal maxim: “He who consents to an act is not damaged by it.” Did your government school teach this?
If you are a registered voter, you have consented to the results of the election. If an election passed a bond issue, then you agreed to have a lien on your property until the bond is paid, even if you didn’t vote.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Those with a conflict of interest will insist on dominating their neighbors.
`Conflict of interest’ is legal terminology for those who can influence a government decision to enrich themselves. This is not limited to Elected Officials or civil servants. Welfare partakers are, by voting, also influencing government to receive their check. Anyone who receives a government check, be it a paycheck or an entitlement check has a conflict of interest that morally prohibits them from voting. Voting becomes, for them, a government granted privilege that can be revoked at any time. On the other hand, Government’s sovereign masters have a right to control their servants. Jura Summi Imperii.
You are no longer in a Republic. Prove it to yourself. Ask yourself some questions: Can a majority of Congressmen, and a judge now conspire to take all your rights from you? Can a city government prohibit you from owning a dog unless you first beg for permission and pay a fee? Can you repair your front porch without begging for permit and paying a fee?
Democracy cannot be considered as a form of government. Although it starts as a form of government, it quickly dissolves into corruption. The moment a politician makes a promise, is the moment democracy ceases to be a form of government. To use a public office to grant favors to those who elect you is corruption. It is the very definition of corruption. Go look it up in a law dictionary. DEMOCRACY IS CORRUPTION. According to John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government section 222 the use of a public office to influence your electors will “cut up the government by the roots, and poison the very fountain of public security…”
In 1770, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, in his book Cycles of Democracy, had this comparison with the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
Note his warning that democracies are “always followed by a dictatorship”.
Socialist bullies gang up to force their will on you. We called it fascism. They cannot use a Republic.
Government exists to secure the blessings of liberty. Don’t claim to live in a free country if you have never seen liberty.
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