The master speaks

This piece of work was published by William F. Buckley, Jr. a month ago. Here’s an excerpt:

So … Democracy rides again.

What disconcerts so is the obstinacy of the democratists in believing that good, heavy doses of democracy will bring eudaemonia and peace everlasting.

The most that can be said with confidence about democracy is that certain satisfactions are given to those who practice it. If three-quarters of your gang voted for this kind of government, then you live with this kind of government. If the citizens are mad at other governments, they have the option of going to war against them, which non-democratic governments often do. But if there is self-rule, they have only themselves to blame, and relief is in their own hands at the next election.

What happens between yesterday, when the Palestinians voted in Hamas, and the day after tomorrow, when Hamas is voted out, is the question before the house. We will, everyone hopes, struggle through, but it’s worth remembering that democracy got us into this mess. Not because democracy is to be doctrinally rejected, but because democracy simply cannot be trusted always to do the right thing, in Palestine, in Bolivia, in Venezuela, in Weimar Germany, or in Iraq.

Of course, there’s quite a bit more to this essay. Click the headline for the rest of it.

And here is Mr. Buckley’s most recent column entitled It Didn’t Work.

A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root.

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