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Excellent post by Perry over at Samizdata; It starts with a wonderful quote;

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard

– H. L. Mencken

The best bit from the post is as follows;

“It hardly matters which of these lumps are in office. All the policies being bandied about are akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and not only does *no* major political party have the will to implement a radical reduction in state expenditure and a massive reduction in the red tape that limit the scope for new market entrants in industry after industry, they all lack the will to even seriously discuss such notions.

When someone suggests a budget that has the state appropriating 20% less of the national wealth overall next financial year and the same the year after that, and allowing banks to simply go bust if they screw the pooch on an epic scale, well then and only then are they are getting serious… but until that happens, let the various party loyalists blather on about Dave and Nick as if it actually matters.

The Ponzi scheme has reached the ‘end game’ phase and the antics of the clowns in Westminster and their supporters are as important as a tinker’s damn. Britain and much of the western world have got the leaders they voted for and the ones they deserve. Drink wine, watch films, play games, meet friends, but only pay attention to politics for the entertainment value. It is not like politics is actually going to have much impact on where the economy is heading.”

Isn’t he right?

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3 thoughts on “GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT…

  1. >>Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard<<

    A comment both idiotic and arrogant.

  2. I find myself agreeing with Noel,
    though perhaps for different reasons.

    First off,
    as Phantom,
    a fine, upstanding, Fenian son of the people,
    a decidedly ordinary man 😉
    has demonstrated;

    Common men can not only pay taxes,
    they can think and they can express those thoughts cogently and forcefully.
    (The Phantom Plan For National Recovery)

    I find it incredibly arrogant that anyone should assume that ‘ordinary’ people should have no say in helping to formulate national policies.
    Some disagree with rule by the majority, and I think they are right.
    But I do believe in consultation WITH the people, so that the executive exercises its authority with the informed participation and consent of the majority.

    My observation of people is that they are only a rabble, an unthinking mob, in situations where the ‘herd instinct’ takes over.
    Football matches
    Political rallies
    Angry crowds
    But most people when consulted have no difficulty in stating a rational point of view on all the issues that matter.

    Perhaps more importantly,
    (although sometimes dismissed as irrelevant by the ‘clever people’),
    they supply the bulk of our armed forces,
    (important when politicians want to play “Soldiers”).
    our emergency services,
    our police forces,
    and the money in the form of taxes,
    by which the politicians fund the programmes and policies
    they have formulated with as little input from the citizenry as possible.

    In fact, politics is now the art of keeping the majority of people powerless, so that the politicians can achieve their own objectives.
    The whole system is designed with this in mind.

    Anyone who believes we live in a democracy is deluded.
    Issues such as,
    Foreign Policy,
    Law and Order
    The Welfare State;
    are readily understood by the people.
    In a true democracy, these issues would not only be debated,
    the people would be involved in formulating the policies.

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