Potkea

Potkea wrote (edited )

Here's a copypasta for whenever someone says its only against representative democracy:

>But if we do not for one moment recognize the right of majorities to dominate minorities, **we are even more opposed to domination of the majority by a minority. It would be absurd to maintain that one is right because one is in a minority.** If at all times there have been advanced and enlightened minorities, so too have there been minorities which were backward and reactionary; if there are human beings who are exceptional, and ahead of their times, there are also psychopaths, and especially are there apathetic individuals who allow themselves to be unconsciously carried on the tide of events.

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>**This is why we are neither for a majority nor for a minority government;** neither for democracy not for dictatorship. We are for the abolition of the gendarme. We are for the freedom of all and for free agreement, which will be there for all when no one has the means to force others, and all are involved in the good running of society. We are for anarchy.

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>**It is becoming understood that majority rule is as defective as any other kind of rule;** and humanity searches and finds new channels for resolving the pending questions.

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>**The democratic authority of majority rule is the last pillar of tyranny.** The last, but the strongest. It is at the base of this pillar that the Anarchist ax has been hewing.

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>What is democracy? The sovereignty of the nation, or, rather, of the national majority… in reality there is no revolution in the government, since the principle remains the same. **Now, we have the proof to-day that, with the most perfect democracy, we cannot be free.**

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>We may conclude without fear that the revolutionary formula cannot be Direct Legislation, nor Direct Government, nor Simplified Government, that it is No Government. **Neither monarchy, nor aristocracy, nor even democracy itself, in so far as it may imply any government at all, even though acting in the name of the people, and calling itself the people.**

>No authority, no government, not even popular, that is the Revolution. **Direct legislation, direct government, simplified government, are ancient lies, which they try in vain to rejuvenate. Direct or indirect, simple or complex, governing the people will always be swindling the people.** It is always man giving orders to man, the fiction which makes an end to liberty; brute force which cuts questions short, in the place of justice, which alone can answer them; obstinate ambition, which makes a stepping stone of devotion and credulity...

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>Socialists should break completely with democratic ideas.

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>When, among a hundred men one man dominates ninety-nine, it is iniquity, it is despotism; when ten dominate ninety, it is injustice; it is oligarchy; when fifty-one dominate forty-nine (and this only theoretically, for, in reality, among these fifty-one there are ten or twelve masters), then it is justice, then it is liberty.

>Could one imagine anything more ridiculous, more absurd, then this reasoning? However, this is the very one that serves as a basic principle for every one who extolls better social conditions.

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>In short, we reject all legislation, all authority and every privileged, licensed, official, and legal influence, **even that arising from universal suffrage, convinced that it can only ever turn to the advantage of a dominant, exploiting minority and against the interests of the immense, subjugated majority.** It is in this sense that we are really Anarchists.

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>Whether government consists of one over a million or a million over one, an anarchist is opposed to the rule of majority as well as minority.

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>It is better to have majority rule [...] than to have minority rule which is only in the interest of the few [...]. But the principle of rulership is in itself wrong; no man has any right to rule another man.

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>**The will, or the pretended will, of the majority, is the last lurking place of tyranny at the present day.**

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>The principle of majority rule itself, even granting it could ever be practicalized — which it could not on any large scale: it is always a real minority that governs in place of the nominal majority — but even granting it realizable, the thing itself is essentially pernicious; that the only desirable condition of society is one in which no one is compelled to accept an arrangement to which he has not consented.

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>People need to get it out of their heads that democracy is a good thing. **Real democracy does not preclude slavery. Real democracy means capitalism. Real democracy means patriarchy and militarism. Democracy has always involved these things. There is no accurate history of democracy that can furnish us an example to the contrary.**

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>**More pernicious than the power of a dictator is that of a class; the most terrible — the tyranny of a majority.**

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>**Democracy in any form is irrational, unjust, inefficient, capricious, divisive, and demeaning.** Its direct and representative versions, as we have seen, share many vices. Neither version exhibits any clear advantage over the other. Each also has vices peculiar to itself. Indeed the systems differ only in degree. Either way, the worst tyranny is the tyranny of the majority.

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>[Anarchists] all agree on the central proposition that rule is evil, **and on the corollary that it is none the better for being majority rule.**

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>The extreme concern for the sovereignty of individual choice not only dominates anarchist ideas of revolutionary tactics and of the future structure of society; it also explains the anarchist rejection of democracy as well as autocracy. **No conception of anarchism is farther from the truth than that which regards it as an extreme form of democracy.**

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>Democracy is the tyranny of the majority, however you try to window-dress it. **In practice, all forms of democracy have been used by a majority group to control or otherwise dictate to a minority group. All forms of democracy have been used to smother autonomy, to stifle self-determination, and to absolve rulers of responsibility for their actions.**

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>**Any kind of “direct democracy” reproduces the same conditions as representative democracy, just on a smaller scale.** The majority suppresses the minority, driving them into apathy. Often, you don’t even try to express your opinion, as you know you will have no chance to put it into practice. Often, you are afraid to speak, as you know that you will be humiliated by the majority. Homogeneity is the ultimate imperative of any democratic procedure, “direct” or representational—a homogeneity that ends up as two final opinions (the majority and minority), losing the vast richness of human intelligence and sensibility, erasing all the complexity and diversity of human needs and desires.

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