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The Folly of Democracy

The Folly of Democracy

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Published by Brandon Sergent
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Published by: Brandon Sergent on Dec 02, 2007
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 The Folly of Democracy
Democracy alone is stupid. I don’t mean this as a baseless attack, or an angstridden, teen anarchist, war cry, I mean it in a very literal objective sense. In terms of the actions of any democracy, the larger it is, the stupider it becomes. This is basedon a very simple idea. But first we must define our terms for the purposes of thisdebate. First, Democracy: a way a running a state based on popularity. Secondly,Stupid: of low intelligence, inaccurate, false, or unreasonable.In order to agree with or counter this assessment one must attack or support thefollowing statements…
Geniuses are rare, and by definition will always be in the minority.
It is logical to prefer a genius as a leader over an average mind.
If geniuses are a minority, and human breeding is exponential, then the ratio of stupid individuals to geniuses in any society will increase with population. Giventhat geniuses can produce average children even when paired.
An average person is more likely to mislabel an average person a genius than agenius is.
Fair is not always desirable.
Context controls meaning, and a genius sees more context than an averagemind, therefore a genius is more likely to see the underlore of any given situationand thus is in a better position to make an accurate and ethical decision.All these things considered, is democracy really a good idea? How distant is itfrom the mob. I believe that government is mafia given legitimacy by duration.Consider this; could lynching be construed as democratic, so long as the majority of persons later ratified the action? How is our prison system not like lynching? Is it notbased on a hatred of certain behaviors or ideologies?A majority of people can agree on an idea but that doesn’t make it just orfactual. Also, in order for democracy to be truly fair everyone affected by a givendecision should have a say in it, and conversely people not affected by a decisionshouldn’t have a say. Since we only allow some Americans to vote, and they onlycomprise 5% of the global population anyway, is this really even a democracy at all

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