Who Else Wants to Laugh Off the Next Election, However it Goes?

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Tyrants may oppress you. They may lead you into disastrous wars. But they don’t demand that you take personal responsibility, that great burden of democracy. And every tyrant worth his salt provides scapegoats for his people’s failures: It’s never your fault, it’s them.

Politicians sell victimhood. They convince individuals that nothing is in your control. And in doing so, the politicians seize the power for themselves.

Individuals really do have personal power, but they end up selling it to be cleansed of their personal responsibility.

The article quoted pits democracy as the opposite of tyranny. But it is really just an earlier stage of tyranny or the tyranny of the masses. As they say, democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. (And liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote.)

Democracy is the camel’s nose under the tent. It may seem like you are participating in the political system, but you still can’t opt out. Yet once people exercise their “right” to vote, the control is out of their hands. I did my part, they can say, the rest is out of my hands.

And that is another form of abandoning personal responsibility. You become the victim of a society out of your control, rather than the sole arbiter of your circumstances. Inevitably, this leads to tyranny as more and more things slip out of your control. We can blame the politicians or the voters, after all, aren’t we all just victims in this system?

But the first flaw is accepting the system that puts others in control of things only the individual should control. That doesn’t mean rebel and get yourself shot or arrested. There are other ways to go about reclaiming your individual freedom. In fact, the free guide that we send everyone who joins The Daily Bell email list takes you through that process.

Cycles of Tyranny

For a while, China inched towards freedom, realizing that the entire country would be poor unless individuals had some means of personal responsibility to make their own way. Russia too, and the former Soviet states became freer after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

But people still believe in the idea of democracy, elected leaders, and government by force. And remember, Putin has been elected several times. To outsiders, it is obvious that the elections are rigged. But what about our own elections? And even if elections are fair, politicians still create more powers for the next guy who comes along to win popular support.

So now we reach another bust in the cycle, where despots once again rise to power. Putin in Russia, Xi in China, and Erdogan in Turkey have each solidified their exclusive executive power.

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, democracy was supposed to be irresistible. While some of us were more skeptical than others, even cynics allowed that freedom seemed to have the upper hand.

The article confuses freedom with democracy. But democracy leads to the same loss of freedom and tyranny. Democracy still involves abandoning self-reliance and handing over control of your life to the government.

The article praises the Constitution as the major difference between tyrannies and democracies.

We need to stop whining and be grateful for the freedoms we enjoy, our countless privileges as Americans and our remarkably effective government. In perilous times such as these, when domestic demagogues cherry-pick the Constitution and even a president displays impatience with our laws, we must put the Constitution above party and personal biases, above all else.

The article seems to want to make the right point about freedom, but it is woefully misguided. Stop whining? There is plenty to improve–and prevent–in this country. The author admits it in his very next sentences. Individual freedom is constantly under threat, and democracy is a very poor method of addressing that problem.

The Bill of Rights has some great words about protecting freedom. But they are still just words. Without a majority standing behind those words, a democracy could just as easily erase them. And in many ways, the protections of the Bill of Rights have been erased.

Freedom is actually even simpler than democracy or the Constitution. Freedom is just the recognition of the most basic building block of society: don’t hurt others.

That is the same as the Golden Rule and the basis of Common Law. And this one basic rule can govern the entirety of human interactions.

That doesn’t mean the lines will always be clear. There will still be disputes about how much defensive force was justified, and what exactly constitutes a violation of another’s rights. There will be differences between regions and people about how serious certain crimes are. And always we will need to be vigilant that the methods of resolving these disputes are fair.

But with tyranny, these issues are truly out of our control. We have no say. We are at the whims of the government.

Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It always will be, no matter how free individuals can become.

With large authoritarian governments, you can be vigilant and still powerless. We also need to have individual power in order to act on our vigilance.

And despite rising despots and ever-expanding laws and regulations, it is actually easier than ever to live your life virtually as free as you want.

The first step is refusing to play the victim. No, your freedom is not outside of your control. Download The Daily Bell’s free guide to learn more.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

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Comments

Setarcos VAL THOR Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:30 Permalink

Yep.  Individuals never did and never will have meaningful power.  Just at the street level, try telling a gang of three or four,  "I have power over you."  Short of you whipping out an AK47 and none of them being armed, you are dead.  Try taking on even a small corporation to enforce your "legitimate rights",  they'll lawyer-up way more than you can afford.  You'll lose.

I took on a fairly small corporation as a whistleblower on aged care abuse (they own about 20 aged care facilities).  Not only did they lawyer-up - 2 solicitors and a barrister - I got refused legal aid, Social Services turned out to be in bed with management, at least I persisted and the perpetrators of the abuse lost their jobs, at least the judge threw out their attempt at bringing nonsense counter-charges, but I COULD NOT fully win.  Obviously I am not in the same league as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, but what's happened to those individuals is what happens to all individuals if they exercise their "power" against ANY group … or consider Seth Rich, etc..

This article and it's ridiculous premises are sheer bunkum in the real world.  Meaningless ideological rhetoric, which could get people killed if they are naïve.

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jin187 Setarcos Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:37 Permalink

Politics is just like math.  Complicated, and something where most people see no direct benefit to their daily lives from knowing anything about it.  Multiply that by 150 years or so, and you get what we have now.  Maybe we should just ban video games and the internet, and force people to go back to reading as a past time.

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PT JRobby Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:42 Permalink

The people were not buying the Clinton-Bush theatre and so Trump managed to get in.
If Trump disappoints then we know he is also part of the theatre.
So the next play will have to be even more spectacular, with moar special effects, in order to convince people that change is afoot.
That's why I predict revolution in "the near" future.  "It's a revolution so it must be real!  Can't be the same old puppets with bigger props!  Oh, noes!  We have an overt police state but whatcanyoudo?  Unavoidable during a revolution!"  The only question left is how deep is the theatre?

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Betrayed Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:53 Permalink

No Meaningful change will be allowed thru the vote. Only the (((Sanctioned))) are allowed under the 2, no wait, uniparty banner.

Now shut up, Pay your Taxes, eat your processed food, turn on your TV, go to your "Health Provider" and get your drugs that will kill ya, and if your white, hate yourself.

MIGA!

Davidduke2000 Wed, 03/21/2018 - 23:48 Permalink

fucking asshole, you believe your own crap, the west hate Putin because he has the support of his people, how can 77% of Russian for for a president in his 4th term?? either the western people are stupid or they swallow propaganda easy.

Putin took over a country heading toward the abyss, the first thing he did, he kicked the joos out, arrested the ones he can grab who did not escape to the uk or the us or europe and tried them in a court of law.

the Federation was created with a new constitution that created two legislative branches, the house and the senate, the executive branch, the  presidency and the judicial branch which is the court system including a supreme court , in essence it is the same system that the us has, however it is a democracy in the us but a dictatorship in Russia even though they are identical branches of Government.

No western leader ever garnished 77% of the vote, because of it, they claim Putin must have rigged the vote, why should he?? Russia came back from broke to $500 billion surplus most of it in gold and $100 billion in cash, zero debt and zero deficit, healthcare is free for all Russians, unemployment insurance like any modern country, maternity leaves like any modern country , patent office like any modern country, banks like any modern country, fancy cars and apartments like any modern country, credit and credit cards at a smaller level than any modern country , he even admitted Crimea to the Russian federation, but what is killing the neocons, he created a super power that has superior weapons ahead of any modern country by 10 years, for that he must have rigged the vote.

China is still a capitalist country and as always the communist party vote for the president, nothing new and nothing old, but because the man who was supposed to take over the presidency before xi was caught with bribes from the us, he was deemed to be a traitor and was executed and to make sure such traitor would not make it to the presidency since there is a 5th column in China too, the party decided to remove the term limit for the presidency.

Setarcos Davidduke2000 Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:49 Permalink

I'll just add:  Viva Vladimir Vladimirovich, the best team-leading statesman the World has ever had - lucky Russia - but he is NOT a dictator by any stretch.  He consults with a Security Council comprising twelve permanent member I think, plus others to call on and ALL experts in their fields, from defence (Shoigu) to foreign affairs (Lavrov) and all fields in between, including private corporations.  VVP has said that if consesus is not possible, only then does make a final decision.

A few years ago I had some correspondence with a Russian woman (not romantic) and I asked why she and the majority of Russians support VVP (I have for maybe 13 years, but from afar).  She replied,  "My support is not unconditional, but he has never let me down."

Where else in the World does over 70% of the electorate turn out to vote (it is not compulsory)?  Nowhere.  50% is commonly regarded as quite good.  What other leader consistently polls (no need to rig the numbers) about 80% approval?  Many in the West are lucky to get 10%.  What other President in his fourth term, running as an independent and NOT electioneering ever got 77% of the vote (Over 90% in the Crimea)?  I don't believe in a god or miracles, but … ???

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Lucretius Thu, 03/22/2018 - 03:38 Permalink

That's a pretty slick pitch by TDB, how much for the "special insider newz letter"?

It truly sickens me, how dumbed down and divisive this country has become, in my little lifetime. Words have meaning, that is why we used to have dictionaries.

 BTW, that's +1 from me DD2k.

Peace, L

Ol Man Thu, 03/22/2018 - 06:09 Permalink

"...that great burden of democracy".

Stopped reading right there. I dont want a democracy. It wass rejected by this country at its founding.

Anyone trying to sell ya on it is suspect.

Alexander De Large Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:05 Permalink

Could've just said "Jews always subvert democracy and liberty." and saved yourself thousands of words.

All these long ass articles and pamphlets and infomercials because people are too scared to say "It's the Jews."

 

JailBanksters Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:26 Permalink

Elections are a complete waste of time.

You can't elect who you want, you can only approve or disapprove what somebody has already voted for.

It's an approval process not an election process.

And the only you can approve of, were all selected by a handful of people, and mostly men.

The rest were bribed, blackmailed, threatened if they didn't back that horse.

At best it's a Farce.

overmedicatedu… Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:41 Permalink

"don't bother voting"..seems like a good tactic to eliminate people who think and connect dots from the voting counts..

nullify the vote is a weapon long used..Trump's election was possible because he drew back some who see the system as a scam..but he was calling them with honest talk and valid logic.