The Terrible Tyranny of the Majority
by Jonathan Goodwin
Taxing the rich remains a popular policy with the American people,
according to a new poll by The Washington Post and ABC
it is determined by majority, this makes it appropriate? It seems
at least one authority thinks not:
20:17: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male
or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs
to your neighbor.
Paul identified the issue of envy as one of the two key human
emotions that must be overcome if we are to have any sense of
liberty and peace on this earth:
liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome.
Number one is "envy" which leads to hate and class warfare.
of coveting and envy in a commentary about tyranny? It is because
envy is the root, the seed that gives life to the tyranny of the
majority. Democracy satisfies this covetous nature while sanitizing
the evil – creating a false legitimacy to the end result
of envy, that being theft and destruction.
a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's
advantages, success, possessions, etc.
to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard
for the rights of others: to covet another's property.
speak of “the rights of others” absent the rule of
law. The concept of “rule of law” is meaningless unless
at its root is property rights. Without protection of private
property, what is the point of any formal structure known as government?
It can only otherwise be theft and destruction, driven by envy
is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the
people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
no rule of law in democracy – it ends up as rule of the
majority against the minority. Consider this desire to tax the
“rich.” What if the majority had other objectives
Sixty percent of poll respondents said they supported higher taxes
on annual incomes above $250,000, with 37 percent opposed.
of poll respondents said they supported disallowing medical care
on people over 68 years old, with 37 percent opposed.
Policymakers in Washington are locked in a debate over weather
[SIC] to increase the top marginal tax rate on incomes above $250,000,
with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats insisting
the rate return to 39 percent and Republicans saying it should
stay at 35 percent.
in Washington are locked in a debate over whether to increase
the age where health care will be disallowed, with President Barack
Obama and congressional Democrats insisting on the age of 69 and
Republicans saying it should be at 65 years of age.
Or 58, maybe?
course, the aim of a constitutional democracy is to safeguard
the rights of the minority and avoid the tyranny of the majority.
West, Race Matters
the advocates of minority rights to speak loudly and strongly
against the abuse of the minority by the majority in this case
of taxation. I’m still waiting….
use democracy as a free-floating abstraction disconnected from
reality. Democracy in and of itself is not necessarily good.
Gang rape, after all, is democracy in action.
men have the right to live their own life. Democracy must be
rooted in a rational philosophy that first and foremost recognizes
the right of an individual. A few million Imperial Order men
screaming for the lives of a much smaller number of people in
the New World may win a democratic vote, but it does not give
them the right to those lives, or make their calls for such
is not a synonym for justice or for freedom. Democracy is not
a sacred right sanctifying mob rule. Democracy is a principle
that is subordinate to the inalienable rights of the individual.
Goodkind, Naked Empire
with permission from the Bionic
© 2012 Bionic