The perils of democracy fetishism


Unlike a lot of people who blog on the Alternative Right, I don’t believe Democracy, in and of itself, is evil. Unlike the people I used to blog with on the Not-So-Alternative Right, I also don’t see it as a particular good. I also don’t believe Marlboro Cigarettes, Ford Cars and jars of Vlassic Pickles are inherently evil either. Capitalism? No moral alignment. Most philosophical systems? Neither good nor evil in and of themselves. So how can Moldbug, The guys at The Right Stuff and several others argue such compelling points athwart Democracy? Because the people using it most effectively are a pack of farging ice-holes.*

The response above was too simplistic by half. Every confidence man has a bit of the pigeon and vice-versa. You can’t be fooled unless you voluntarily delude yourself. I’m basically not a Marxist unless it allows me to steal from people more talented than myself. However Marx could make a good valid point about as frequently as he was able to father a bastard. One of his better riffs involved the concept of commodity fetishism. This involves objects, tangible or otherwise, that can be bought and sold in the market being evaluated and given value based on factors beyond the value of their use or the labor content necessary to bring them to market.

Leftists have an advantage over most of the right when it comes to the buyable commodity known as Democracy. Leftists get that Democracy is pretty much a system to make markets in public opinion. You buy yourself a mob of voters. They threaten to blow stuff up for not recognizing the terrific genius of Rahm Emanuel. Stuff gets done. It’s a system. It can be simple one like skateboard, or a complex one like a Camaro. But at the end of a day, it’s just another tool. Fetishizing Democracy either as good or evil is as stupid as fetishizing your hacksaw if you work as a plumber or a carpenter.

You can tell a Democracy Fetishist by their analogy. Democracy gets compared to motherhood, riding a bike, pizza, and gosh knows what else. All of it wrong-headed. All of it as a misleading and disingenuous as the ads you read in a magazine. The Democracy Fetishists try to sell you Democracy while yelling at you if tell them it is merely a commodity. The analogy that best describes the utilitarian and practical use of Democracy to enforce will was made by Demotic thug from Turkey Pratip Erdogan.

People chuckled when, Erdogan, then mayor of Instanbul, now Prime Minister of Turkey famously said “Democracy is like a street car; you ride it as far as you need, and then you get off”.

The Left understands this down to their bones. They have made this practical wisdom a part of their collective DNA. One can almost hear the echoes of Willy Sutton who once told a reporter he robbed banks because it was where the money was. Barack Obama loved Democracy until the small-d democrats no longer loved him. Then it was time to govern by executive order. In Venezuela, it appears that the Left has decided to step off the street car. They recently lost an election, so now Democracy no longer serves their purposes.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has blocked the parliamentary super-majority won by the opposition in December’s landmark elections, in a move denounced by opposition leaders as a “judicial coup” by President Nicolas Maduro. The court – which critics complain is stacked with pro-government judges – granted a request from Mr Maduro to suspend three opposition parliamentarians who were due to take office on Tuesday. It will now consider a legal challenge filed by the Socialist government, which has alleged a “criminal” vote buying plot and other electoral fraud on the part of the opposition. One Socialist parliamentarian has also been suspended.

As long as you foolishly worship Democracy, you play the game of the Demotist. The will of the people changes like the weather. The will of the demagogue is what occupies Wall Street. When the wrong colored mob shows up to crap on the village green; the Cathedral deploys the media and all of its isms. We hear about racism, sexism, ageism, fascism. Scary stuff; if you deliberately delude and misinform yourself to maintain an illusion of your own intellectual perspicacity.

Once you stop deluding yourself, you see Democracy as an algorithm. If you don’t like how it works, code up your own objects instead of just accepting apps from the Cathedral. Screw off your Obama and Jeb apps. Plug in a Trump or a Cruz instead. Watch how fast the typical Leftist who praises the gawdalmiddy will of the pee-pole suddenly rants and raves about the ignorant redneck mob. It could a funnier cluster flock than father’s day in New Orleans. So the Alternative Right should not demonize Democracy and the Not-So-Alternative Right should not worship it. To indulge in either form of Democracy Fetishism is to play the Left’s game by the Left’s rules.

All of us on either Right hand will wind up smelling the glove once it’s all over like MC Hammer’s career as a musician. This is one rare instance where Pratip Edrogan makes like the good Muslim Fundamentalist that he is and totally beats the b!tch. Democracy really is just a streetcar. Pick your destination wisely and get off like Rick James once you’ve arrived.

*-my own mother quoted me a line from Johnnie Dangerously once…Once!

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13 Responses to “The perils of democracy fetishism”

  1. Dualist says:

    The only factor determining whether one system works is whether the values shared by the elected and electors are….good.

    Athens reached its peak under Pericles – under Democracy (though no slaves or women had suffrage, perhaps crucially).

    Victorian England was a democracy and, for me, the greatest (second/third greatest, arguably) peak in world history.

    Good people naturally only want good people in charge.

    But once the electorate all had the vote, and then had their moral-Achilles-heel snipped by atheism and consumerism, they have consistently elected rogues.

  2. crow says:

    You know, JPW, your essays would carry a lot more weight if you could dial back the cleverness and focus more on the message.
    You may be a genius, but nobody else is.

    My crow once dropped a door hinge on my head. That’s simplicity of message. With humor implicit. Trepanning, crow-style. It opened up my skull, and the light came pouring in.

  3. -A says:

    I suppose this is a good argument for using democracy to destroy democracy. Ride the streetcar to absolute power and get as many of your friends to do it as possible for back-up. Still, democracy always goes rotten to the point of mass rape, failing industries and political cannibalism. Musical chairs is a game for children, not serious leaders.

    • crow says:

      Have you ever giggled at the idea of what is known as a ‘cabinet reshuffle’?
      That’s a child’s game if ever there was one.
      “You can stop pretending to be what you were pretending to be, and now pretend to be this, instead…”
      This is what government has devolved to. Idiots regressing back to childhood, and acting out those happy days.
      They call it being ‘progressive’.

      • Jpw says:

        It’s the PM trying to look like he can get things right when he has no actual idea.

        • crow says:

          Funny how people still think of governments and PMs as knowing what they’re doing. They seem to actually be the polar opposites of that.
          Meanwhile, Trump surfaces, and people think he has no idea. In a way they are right: ideas are not what he has. He has solutions. Obvious ones. Real ones.

          • Jpw says:

            Trump lines up problems and goes after them. He is an anathema to those who go into politics to advance ideologies or interest groups.

            • crow says:

              Hehe :)
              When you’ve managed to convince everybody that having a dirty carpet is environmentally and morally superior, the last guy you want showing up is an affordable-vacuum-cleaner- salesman.

      • -A says:

        Progressive does at least sound like regressive.

        • crow says:

          Sounds like ‘aggressive’ too.
          The Aggressive Regressivism of Progressivism.
          Next week’s best-selling self-help paperback.

  4. […] you know who totally avoids suffering from the fallacy of Democracy Fetishism? The people who do political fixing in democracy’s vile viscera. We saw how little the actual […]

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