On Acceptability of Tyranny: The Ineptitudes of Democracy

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It has become an unfortunate trend, in this century especially, to view the term "tyranny" and "tyrant" as terms more profane than the most extreme expletive. Throughout the 20th century, nauseatingly incessant, bland, and liberally idealized excess has been erroneously dedicated to provide evidence unto the supposed superiority of democracy, and with it a democratic society. The notions of such superiority should be quickly rung from our minds before it pollutes any further common sense and spreads its festering bulk, clouding our minds. Throughout the course of the world's history, it has not been the institution of democracy that elevates a civilization to magnanimous glory, but the institution of dictatorship or "tyranny".

Democracy unto itself and by definition of the term provides only paralyzation of progress instead of growth and justice. Democracy operates under the pretty "care-bear" notion that at any given time over half the population is right. It was the great proponent of democracy, the much-esteemed British statesman Winston Churchill, who said "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

When we look at the "wise decisions of the omniscient, benevolent" mob, we can see the principle failing time and time again. The same benevolent majority who laughed as slaves and gladiators slaughtered each other in the carnage of the Roman Coliseum, the same "well-informed public" who out of fear and ignorance refused to become involved with the Second World War, are the same tolerant population that seemed to lack the affinity to embrace anyone idealistically, ethnically, culturally, or politically (as the writer has found out) different. The government is supposedly reportable to the people in a democracy, but so is the government indicative of the people. The same majorities as avidly and lovingly depicted above. In truth, when has the majority...