03 November 2017

Is Democracy the Pinnacle of Progress?

Another excellent video from Mr Charles Coulombe and Tumblar House (the link to their channel is in the side bar). A short 'review' of  The End of Democracy by Christophe Buffin de Chosal. As I pointed out in the comments on the video, 
Actually, this is nothing new. I'm reading 'Liberty and Equality by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn who made the same points in 1952. He quotes from philosophers and statesmen of the past, including William Lecky, who said,
'A tendency to democracy does not mean a tendency to parliamentary government, or even a tendency towards greater liberty. On the contrary, strong arguments may be adduced, both from history and from the nature of things, to show that democracy may often prove the direct opposite of liberty. In ancient Rome the old aristocratic republic was gradually transformed into a democracy, and it then passed speedily into an imperial despotism. In France a corresponding change has more than once taken place. A despotism resting on a plebiscite is quite as natural a form of democracy as a republic, and some of the strongest democratic tendencies are distinctly adverse to liberty. Equality is the idol of democracy, but, with the infinitely various capacities and energies of man, this can only be attained... [William E. H. Lecky, Democracy and Liberty (New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1896), pp. 256– 57.]
Quoted in, Kuhnelt-Leddihn, Erik von. Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Time (LvMI) (Kindle Locations 594-600). Ludwig von Mises Institute. Kindle Edition.

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