Why the left loves democracy

The left loves to talk about democracy. Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva is in jail. Finally. Leftists inside and outside Brazil call this a crime against democracy because the polls were showing that in the upcoming October elections Lula would be elected president. The people wanted Lula president, and a judge, Sergio Moro, against the will of the majority, jailed Lula.

I will consent to this argument. Maybe Lula was going to be elected in October (although I have serious doubts about it). Would this be democratic? Maybe. In its most pure form, democracy is the rule of the majority. A good picture of this is three wolves and a sheep voting on what they are going to have for dinner. Leftists in power (or hoping to be in power) love this.

A pure Democracy, by which I mean a Society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the Government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of Government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party, or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is, that such Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives, as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of Government, have erroneously supposed, that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions. — James Madison, Federalist No. 10

2 thoughts on “Why the left loves democracy

  1. As James Madison’s quotation reminds us, democracy goes beyond elections. It consists of a whole system of checks and balances. Leftists usually fail to recognize the need for those checks and balances, since they imbued of ideological authoritarianism.

    They back a “democracy of convenience”, meaning that they support it as long as it is convenient to them. In Brazil, Lula’s party (PT) invokes democracy to criticize the prosecution of the former president and his protégée’s impeachment. When in power, however, the party tried to approve media control. More recently, after the puppet General Assembly of Venezuela was sworn in, it praised the “vibrant democracy” of the country.

    But Americans do not need to look abroad to find streaks of authoritarian leftist thought. After Trump was elected, the new radical left took to the streets refusing to recognize the result of the elections. The motto “does not represent me” is in fact a sheer attack on democracy from those who think it is the best system only if their side is the winning side of the elections.

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