Populism, Plutocracy, and Oligarchy: The Fulfillment, not Betrayal of Democracy

Populism, Plutocracy, and Oligarchy: The Fulfillment, not Betrayal of Democracy
Bevin Chu
September 30, 2007


The “Goddess of Democracy” has feet of clay

Democracy, we are told, is hallowed.

Democracy, we are told, is sacred.

Democracy, we are told, must not be betrayed by populism (rule by the mob), by plutocracy (rule by the rich), or by oligarchy (rule by the few).

In fact, democracy is not hallowed.

In fact, democracy is not sacred.

In fact, democracy has never been “in danger of being betrayed” by populism, by plutocracy, or by oligarchy.

Democracy has never been in danger of being betrayed by populism, by plutocracy, or by oligarchy, because democracy is populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy.

Populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy can never “betray democracy,” because populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy is the fulfillment of democracy.

To paraphrase the Army recruiting slogan, populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy is democracy “being all that it can be.”


The moth in another guise


The caterpillar in another guise

Populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy is merely the moth/caterpillar. Populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy is merely democracy at a later stage of development.

Democracy is the merely the caterpillar/moth. Democracy is merely populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy at an earlier stage of development.

The essence of democracy is the violation of the natural rights and political liberty of the individual by the collective.

“Democracy,” as Benjamin Franklin astutely noted, “is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”

This brutal rape of the individual is given a veneer of moral legitimacy by pro forma rituals such as voting and term limits, none of which alter the fundamental immorality at democracy’s core.

Going through such ritual motions as voting merely adds a layer of hypocritical pretense to the process.

The ugly reality is that the collective has imposed its will upon the individual by means of brute force, the same way that a rapist imposes his will upon his victim.

I’m stronger than you. Therefore you can either submit, or be physically overpowered or even murdered.

The only difference is that society has “normalized” democracy’s systematic rape of the individual by the Leviathan State.

It has not “normalized” the rape of women by men. Or at least not as openly.


Ted Bundy (2002, directed by Matthew Bright, written by Stephen Johnston and Matthew Bright)


Big Brother is Watching You, from George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”

Democracy is not “the end of history as such.”

Democracy is not “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution.”

Democracy is not “the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government,” political scientist Frances Fukuyama and his fellow Neoconmen to the contrary notwithstanding.

Democracy is merely cannibalism with better table manners. Democracy is merely cannibals learning to use the proper knife or fork as they devour their fellow man.


“Saturn devouring his children”, Francisco de Goya


Democracy is merely cannibalism with the proper knife and fork

Why are we surprised that democracy has “degenerated” into populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy?

Democracy is destined to morph into populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy. Just as the caterpillar is destined to morph into the moth.

Shouldn’t we be more astonished if democracy failed to “degenerate,” i.e., metamorphose into populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy?

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2 responses to “Populism, Plutocracy, and Oligarchy: The Fulfillment, not Betrayal of Democracy

  1. My English vocabulary deficit was exposed on another website when I used the term "buggers the imagination" vs. "beggars the imagination."I used google search to help me decide, and the number of hits was higher for the incorrect term, unfortunately. ATTP let me down.Argumentum ad populum – "appeal to the people" – or ATTP, is a fallacious argument that concludes a proposition to be true because of its popularity.Thus – "If many believe it to be so, it is so…" It is clear, said the Senator, "That since nine out of ten of my constituents are in favor of stricter gun laws, it is conclusively a good idea."Democracy, populism, plutocracy, and oligarchy are bad systems that use force to deny free decision making by individuals. They then replace the natural process with the terrible statist process of "Appeal To The People."http://logicalconclusion.net/wp-content/uploads/tres-lobos-vs-oveja.jpghttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fCvRL3hYbmo/T8xZrplsIDI/AAAAAAAACEo/KVrTMvdTs0U/s1600/lobo-oveja.jpg

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