Contributed by: filbert Friday, January 20 2006 @ 07:19 AM CST
The self-congratulatory worship of the word “democracy” (Democratic Party, et al) is sadly deluded. Democracy without limited government is tyranny.
A democratic government, while preventing despotism of abuse of power by a governing minority, does not protect other minorities from social forces from other members of society with other forms of power that may be played out through plutocracy within an existing democratic government, or majoritarianism.
The goal of the West in Iraq should not be democracy. It should be liberty[*1] .
Liberty is generally thought of as a condition in which an individual has immunity from the arbitrary exercise of authority; it often also implies the right to exercise political rights such as standing for office.
Democracy gives you Hitler. Liberty takes Hitler down when necessary.