Saturday, December 13, 2008

Book Eight

“Our democracy is destroying itself because it misrepresented the right to liberty and equality. It taught the citizens to regard disrespect as a right, lawlessness as liberty, impertinence as equality and anarchy as enjoyment.”

Here is a Greek socialist organization’s response to growing resistance among the indigenous Greek population to immigration back in 2005. The socialists see immigrants as their ally because they assume that democracy is a permanent institution, which it never is.

Champions of worker’s rights, if they were smarter, would recognize that increasing the numbers of low-IQ populations depresses workers' wages, and raises the odds of a return to slavery or serfdom. These workers say:

“The truth is that more than 1,000,000 immigrants living in Greece cannot just be kicked out, nor does anyone (including the government) wish so.”

Which is, of course, wrong. With the exception of the recognition that the oligarchs benefit from the cheap labor, provided at the expense of those who would support socialist causes.

Socrates believed that democracy naturally yields to tyranny, and he lays out a good case for his theory in Plato’s Book 8 of Republic. But I think it is different in America, and we should consider ourselves lucky. We are resource independent, and have the legacy of the Founding Fathers as a reset position.

Socrates also argued that the most powerful faction in a democracy is not the ‘drones’, or the wealthy, but those people who actually do the work. This speaks well for our American future.

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