The Flawed Religious Nature of Democracy and my Journey

For those who study and engage in politics it’s often taken for granted that almost all governments in existence today (with the exception of a few dictatorships) are structured along liberal democratic lines. Democracy has become so ingrained in our consciousness that’s it’s come to resemble a morality and ethic by itself, the apex of political thought, where anything existing previously is considered outdated, an anachronism, something to be shunned where it has value as only a historical item which through it’s being a cause of human suffering led to the formation of democracy. Behind this theory is the belief that history is linear; that mankind is the pawn of a historical process playing out behind the scenes, leading to an eventual endpoint where happiness will reign supreme and there will be no more struggle or conflict. Democracy is an ideology of acquiescence and smug satisfaction which requires neither sacrifice nor dedication. Its spread and abundance has produced a populace ready to fight and die for it without knowing what it is or its history. The word has become synonymous with morality and ethics, becoming a part of each of us while containing neither of these two qualities.

The quasi-religious mysticism which surrounds democracy is not without historical precedent. While the founders were not fans of Democracy, their interpretation of it differs from its modern understanding. They took a very strict construction and viewed only systems which were built around governments where the people directly legislated as being democratic, while governments which operated through representation were considered Republics. With the decline in the power of monarchs this definition no longer serves any useful purpose. All governments are Republics. From Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union representatives of the populace manage the day to day business of government. Democratic thought as a result has evolved to become an ideological construct, instead of a structural definition of government. The idea of direct representation being unfathomable in a country larger than a city-state, the ideas which underlie Democracy have come to compose its content.

Religion is central to mankind; the need to believe in something greater and more meaningful than what simply can be observed by the eyes. Even those who profess in having no religion, express this inward need through a faith directed not towards a God but through at times nature, or systems of thought. Common amongst those who advocate for Democracy is a rejection of religion based upon hierarchical values: Christianity, Islam, and the various pagan sects of the ancient world. In turn systems of belief are created which reject hierarchy, duties, and obligations. Man is taken out of his social and historical context and made to fit a theory which has no basis in scientific or historical fact. Equality, Liberty, the Social Contract, none of these are found in history or exist anywhere in the world. They are philosophical/religious ideals formulated by individuals who viewed freedom as being the absence of restraint or in the case of John Locke the ability to make as much money as possible whether through impoverishing your fellow man or enslaving him. Using logic nobody would possibly believe in the efficacy of such a system, so in the place of a church, advocates of the religion of Democracy use any means and outlets possible to indoctrinate people with their gospel.

“For Democracy to work citizens of democratic States must forget the instrumental roots of their own values, and develop a certain irrational thymotic pride in their political system and way of life…Moreover, they must cease to see values like tolerance as merely a means to an end; tolerance in democratic society becomes the defining virtue.”

While the American people in the colonial era were already well versed in Democratic theology due to the context of the enlightenment, the founding documents were a testament to Democratic thought.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Democracy failed to take the form we know it today until during the Second World War when because of the active alliance between Democracy and Communism a merging of the two systems took place. Both equally abstract and dedicated to liberating the individual from what they perceive to be false social constructs, imposed upon people to either enrich one group at the expense of another; they’re different sides of the same coin. This synthesis came about as the result of the conflict between the three systems where Fascism presented a threat to the survival of Democracy and Communism. It took all of the ideological energy of the latter two to overcome and win the war. The Soviets were included in a struggle described as a war for freedom and democracy, with Communist and capitalist fighting side by side. Fascism was portrayed as the embodiment of evil, taking on the persona of a mystical villain, not to be understood but destroyed.

As the years went by after the war and the ideological hypocrisies and defects of both systems became more apparent, the more the established order undertook to justify Democracy as a religious ideal, by the portrayal of alternatives as being Fascist in nature; relying on the WWII definition of Fascism. A definition which became so ingrained in people that the real meaning of the term became forgotten and developed into the personification of everything bad and negative in people and society.

On a personal level my journey to Fascism was not any easy one. Like all Americans I was socialized into the idea that America is the best country in the world; that our system of government and lifestyles are unrivaled and should be the example for all other countries. The founding fathers were geniuses with an almost cult like status. Every morning began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of Patriotic songs. Democracy became an extension of who I was. But on a more subconscious level I could tell that something was wrong, however I was unable to pinpoint what it was exactly, though it seemed to be political in nature. So I gravitated to conservative thought which at the time seemed to offer a restoration of the ideals of the founders. Thus began a journey which led me into the Paleoconservatism of Pat Buchanan, the John Birch Society, and lastly Ron Paul.

I’m unable to isolate any one moment that brought me to Fascism. I read the Ideology of Fascism by James Gregor in College and developed a fascination with the ideas presented therein, but I could never reconcile the beliefs with my own Patriotism. As time went by I saw Republican presidents and Congresses come and go to be replaced by Liberals and regardless of who had power the country continually veered in a direction towards social breakdown and atomism. I could no longer expend my energy and time on an idea which had no hope, so I began to study alternative ideologies. I came to see that historical meaning didn’t begin in 1776; that the antiquated nature of alternative ideologies was a cynical lie meant to prevent debate; that the American political experiment was not native to this country, but a hash of ideas from Ancient Greece, and Rome along with the European enlightenment; that those opposed to these ideas were just as patriotic as those that supported them and in many cases more so, due to risking their livelihoods to take an unpopular stand against ideas considered to be sacrosanct. The more I took in these counterrevolutionary ideas the more I began to realize myself going in one direction. All of them would eventually culminate in Fascism. Fascism helped me to see the contradictions inherent in modern ideologies; the waste of continually trying to square the circle, while the answer was already there. Fascism like Democracy inspires faith in an idea, but unlike Democracy that faith isn’t blind, but is derived from a truth we can see and feel and which has been playing out since the creation of mankind.


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