The Truth about Democracy

 

by Erik Vollstädt

 

Did you ever come up with the idea that democracy is freedom? That majority rule has got to be the most ethical and peaceful way of organizing society since the only alternatives are monarchy or dictatorship? Even if you notice any flaws in the voting system or the corruption of politicians, you would still think it’s the lesser of all evils and therefore shouldn’t be questioned.

 

I will give you something to think about: Democracy is when a sheep, a lion and a wolf vote what’s for dinner. Being a majority does not make your collective appeals more or less moral, the truth is, what’s right and wrong does not depend on maths.

Moreover, democracy is the tyranny of the many over the few, and contrary to what it’s advocates are propagating throughout the whole education system, it does not protect the rights of minorities, with the individual being the most threatened minority in this system.

 

As a clever Frenchman used to say: “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else.” Today’s majorities don’t respect private property rights of people they don’t know at all, they believe some form of social justice would entitle them to another man’s riches.

Elections are actually an auction in advance for goods to be stolen and voters give away their self-ownership by consenting to a sophisticated form of slavery – you are government property.

Any form of involuntary rule is a violation of private property rights, and a democratically elected government oppresses those who didn’t vote at all.

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There is a way out of the perpetual struggle for finding the “just” government: Let it go.

 

Stop enforcing ideas on the rest of society, good ideas win through persuasion. The best societal organization can be found on the marketplace, when they money is sound and brute force is rejected. The only belief to be trusted in for such a stateless society to work is that private property rights empower peaceful coexistance.

You may call this form of decision-making market democracy : Every purchase is a decision for certain production practices, companies, people and/or ethical beliefs. Every agreement made this way is a mutually beneficial exchange, there are no losers when there is no gun in the room.

 

 I want to further elaborate on the mechanisms inherent to any state democracy, citing Hans-Hermann Hoppe:

 

Under modern majoritarian democracy, monopoly and exploitation do not disappear. Majoritarian democracy is not a system of self-rule and self-defense. State and people are not one and the same thing. With the substitution of an elected parliament and presidents for an unelected prince or king, protection remains as much a monopoly as it was before. What happens is only this: the territorial protection monopoly becomes now public rather than private property. Instead of a prince who regards it as his private property, a temporary and interchangeable caretaker is put in charge of the protection racket. The caretaker does not own the protection racket. Instead, he is just allowed to use the current resources for his own advantage. He owns usufruct, but he does not own the capital value. This does not eliminate the self-interest driven tendency toward increased exploitation. To the contrary, it only makes exploitation less rational and less calculating, and more shortsighted and more wasteful.

Moreover, because entry into a democratic government is open — everyone can become president —  resistance against State property invasions is reduced. This leads to the same result: Increasingly under democratic conditions, the worst will rise to the top of the State in free competition. Competition is not always good. Competition in the field of becoming the shrewdest aggressor against private property is nothing to be greeted. And this is precisely what democracy amounts to.

 

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 If you really want political democracy, do it with those who really consent to it. That would be perfectly in line with the Non-Aggression Principle, as all voters volunteer to give away their rights. Nevertheless, I still appeal to the average Joe’s common sense, hoping he wants himself and his family to live a good life, not as racketeers, but as free traders.

The best way to win the battle of ideas is a showcase for the world, to demonstrate that a market democracy / anarchy delivers the best economic and social results for all members of that society. Now how can we put such a voluntary society in place when the world’s territories are all occupied by aggressive nation-states? We could try something called digital anarchy.

Bitnation aims to make such cypherpunk pipe dreams a global reality. We outcompete nation-states by providing the services they monopolized in a voluntary way on the free market, leveraging blockchain technology.

 

See also: Democracy: The God that Failed

 

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Erik Vollstädt

Bitnation Lead Ambassador and Community Director. Born 1993, aspiring entrepreneur and champion of voluntary societies & private property ethics. Proponent of counter-economics and competing market currencies, such as cryptocurrencies. Represented Bitnation as Lead Ambassador since 2015 at the Riga Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Meetup, the iBGEk basic income stage discussion in Klagenfurt (Austria), the Cointelegraph Blockchain Conference in Helsinki, the Zündfunk Netzkongress in Munich, at itnig for the Barcelona Bitcoin Community during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at the Bitnation DevCon 2017 in Amsterdam. Author of the Bitnation blog. Media appearances include Shift (Deutsche Welle), Der Fehlende Part (RT Germany) and Zündfunk (BR2). Coordinates Bitnation's ambassador network globally and organizes meetups all over Europe. Graduated in Business Innovation & Technology Management (M.Sc.) in Girona (Catalunya, Spain). Wants to live an international lifestyle.

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