Saturday Book Review: Ron Paul Liberty Defined: Democracy

by wisdomhunt

If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to read it.

People should not be able to vote to take away the rights of others. And yet this is what the slogan democracy has come to mean domestically. It does not mean that the people prevail over the government; it means that the government prevails over the people by claiming the blesing of mass opinion. This form of government has no limit. Tyranny is not ruled out. Nothing is ruled out.

You could say that disseminating the collective wisdom of the masses is the overriding goal of Wisdom Hunt, so this chapter hits particularly close to home.

Ron Paul, however, is either unaware of the value of harnessing the collective wisdom of the masses or has rejected it because it too often conflicts with his kookiness. Either way, the idea of disregarding majority rule in favor of personal liberties and freedom of choice is a dangerous one.

Should we not harness that collective wisdom to mold society? If our three neighbors get together and form a government, should we not bend to the will of the majority and go along with the idea? Surely the collective knows what is best for each of us.

If those three neighbors then decide to form a string quartet and force us to join, surely they know what is best. This is democracy after all and the will of the majority has the force of law under the government they formed. Should we not have to join? Surely the collective knows what is best for each of us.

What if those neighbors vote to start a war in Afghanistan or Iraq (or both!); should we not have to go to war? Surely the collective knows what is best for each of us, and if they know what is best for us then they know what is best for our other neighbors as well.

After all, if we go to war then we can export democracy to even more countries!

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction
Abortion
Assassination
Austrian Economics
Bipartisanship

Business Cycle
Campaign Finance Reform
Capital Punishment
Central Intelligence Agency
Civil Disobedience
Conscription
Demagogues

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