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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/6704/democracy-explained/

Democracy, explained

May 31, 2007 by

….by the Onion


TLWP Sam May 31, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Another trollesque article reminding readers that the populance is pre-dominantly retarded therefore Democracy is discredited? Presumably a basic test to see if you are an enlightened one is if you subscribe to right-wing values as a good start and, of course, if you subscribe to A.C. Libertarianism, the better. But then again we might all get lucky. Society could crumble, chaos reigned for a short while before private property owners become powerful and eventually establish themselves as Monarchs and rule over the right-wing people with kindness and maturity whilst left-wingers become the despised and hated slave caste and do all the crappy, dangerous work as their punishment for 150+ years of Marxism, Socialism, Welfare-Statism, not to mention causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of innocent lives.

Jonathan Bostwick May 31, 2007 at 10:11 pm

The Onion was, unwittingly, describing democracy. The opinion with the most backers becomes law, while the rest are declared to “actually hurt society.”

Hilarious that you should try to accuse Lisa of holding the idea she just scorned.

Paul May 31, 2007 at 10:29 pm

This reminds me of something I read at Cato yesterday.


TokyoTom June 1, 2007 at 12:55 am

Great Cato refernce, Paul. I like this summary statement:

“A better understanding of voter irrationality advises us to rely less on democracy and more on the market.”

Of course most Americans – compared with the rest of the world – are shockingly uninformed and easily demonstrated to be so. This makes our continually growing government very vulnerable to manipulation by elites – manipulation that manifestly underlies much of the Bush administration’s policies (but Dems cannot be expected to be much better, especially if the rest of us are cursed with their control over both Congress and the White House).

Kaneda June 1, 2007 at 5:19 am

I just seached for said Study, but didn’t find anything. Not only didn’t i find any study, but there seem to exist no Mark Fultz at the University of Chicago’s School for Behavioral Science. Perhaps i didn’t look enougth, but i don’t think so. Also, the Artikle on Onion doesn’t seem to have an Author.

David White June 1, 2007 at 8:15 am


Um, the Onion is a faux news site.

Scott D June 1, 2007 at 8:17 am


The article is pure humor, and not to be taken seriously. In fact, many if not most of the Onion’s articles are.

Yancey Ward June 1, 2007 at 8:32 am

Tokyo Tom,

Many Americans are quite ignorant of much of the world, however, I have yet to find reason to believe the rest of the world is any better.

George Gaskell June 1, 2007 at 8:47 am

“voters are worse than ignorant; they are, in a word, irrational”

Voters are not merely irrational, but aggressive criminals. They pretend that they are not criminals, of course, on the grounds that their crimes are somehow cleansed by the sacrament of government legitimacy.

But the truth of the matter is that they authorize agents to go out and steal from others, on their behalf and for their benefit. That makes them criminals, too.

I see no reason why I should believe that voters are merely ignorant or “retarded” when their behavior is fully explained by malice.

lester June 1, 2007 at 12:52 pm

the onion also has a hilarious “conservative” cartoon as well as a parody of those weekend magazines that come with the boston globe or new york times

Jonathan Bostwick June 1, 2007 at 3:01 pm

The Onion was talking about “bad” minority opinions, not “bad” majority opinions. Blatant democracy worship.

Vanmind June 2, 2007 at 6:06 pm

There’s a link listed under this article’s “Related Articles” that’s even funnier:


Explains much about voters’ opinions of themselves & the world around them.

lester June 3, 2007 at 11:48 am


these will give Mallard Fillmore a run for his money

Kaneda June 7, 2007 at 7:16 am

Lol, that explains a lot, I guess i’ll have to read some more Onion :)

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