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7/14/2017 8:59 am  #1

The Democracy Mistake

Simply put: Democracy refers to a form of government not that government's moral character. In the West we tend to opt for democratic (though often representatives rather than direct) systems because they reduce the risk of tyrany I.e. someone ceasing and misusing state power, however this does not make said systems virtuous in themselves; to (mis)quote Kant a society of demons would be possible if enough of them voted for the same. Likewise a 'viscous' democracy, one where the populace endorse genocide or the enslavement of other people, has absolutely nothing to recommend itself over a 'virtuous' monarchy on which the leader seeks the flourishing and welfare of their people through moral means.

Often I think people in the West forget this and act as if democratic government were inherently virtuous, indeed for some - both on the Right and on the Left - it it reaches an almost religious zeal. This has waned slightly since the Iraq War but can still be found all across popular discourse and in the arts. What is the cause of this - an Enlightenment hangover perhaps or a crude understanding of American patriotism?

Last edited by DanielCC (7/14/2017 9:01 am)


7/21/2017 12:14 pm  #2

Re: The Democracy Mistake

Democracy, especially in the currently understood "universal" sense, is a pure fallacy. By metaphysical law it is impossible for good things to proceed from "below"; that is, from what we might call "Substance" (crudely convertible, in Scholastic terminology, to "Existence" in the universal). What this amounts to saying is that what is good can ultimately only proceed from Being to beings, not the other way around.

Universal Substance is the "passive" (synonyms from various traditions and practical applications for reference: moon, negative, Gaia, Niflheim, passive, centrifugal)  ontological pole of creation, the "opposite" (complementary) being Essence, crudely called "Substance" by many Scholastics, which is the "active" (sun, positive, Ouranos, Muspelheim, active, centripetal) pole. These, by interaction, manifest the "wheel of life", in Christian tradition "creation".

It may seem that I am merely "speculating" here, but these are universal metaphysical doctrines that are similar and essentially united not because of extensive "borrowing", but because they are true and were passed down by God. The fact of the matter is that "passive perfection" can never really be "active perfection", and whenever this is attempted, in whatever degree of Universal Existence, the result will eventually be suffering (specifically applicable to beings with a capacity to experience such) and deformation (universal). 

Democracy, especially if indiscriminate and merely secular, will inevitably be a more or less catastrophic affair, even if the consequential forces of dissolution may not be perceived until it is too late. For he who cannot perceive them now, I must urge some serious consideration. I know that this goes against many "American dreams" and a lot of "hope" that people may have invested in this world, but the good news is that there are, in addition to the corporeal, actual psychic and spiritual realities that are more ontologically fundamental (and much less narrowly limited) than the former, in that precise order of fundamentality.

Western society can only pray that there will be a restoration of traditional order (proceeding from the purely spiritual domain, from "above" to "below", "active" to "passive") without too much cataclysm and suffering. Anything else, no matter how promising it might seem, will only lead to further "devolution" (a surprisingly proper word in this context) sooner rather than later.

To the extent that one has not realized this, one has yet to shed a few modernist garments.

Last edited by Caeliger (7/21/2017 12:26 pm)


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