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    Lightbulb Some of Hitler's Views on Democracy

    Some views about this from Adolf Hitler, as expressed in Mein Kampf:

    Democracy in the West today is the forerunner of Marxism, which would be inconceivable without democracy. It is the feeding ground of that world pestilence which is enabled to develop there. In its outward form of expression – the parliamentary system – it appeared as a “mostrosity of filth and fire” (eine Spottgeburt aus Dreck und Feuer) in which, to my regret, the fire seemed to have burnt itself out only too quickly.

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    Parliament decides upon something, be the consequence ever so devastating; no single man is responsible, no one can be called to account for it. For can it be called taking responsibility for a Government which has done all the harm merely to retire from office? Or for the coalition to be changed, or even for the Parliament to dissolve? For how can a varying majority of men ever be held responsible at all? Is not every conception of responsibility closely connected with personality? But can one in practice indict the leading personage in a Government for dealings, the existence and carrying out of which is to be set down solely to the account of the will and pleasure of a large assemblage of men?

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    Or - is the leading statesman's task to consist not so much in producing a creative thought or plan as in the art with which he makes the genius of his proposal comprehensive to a flock of silly sheep for the purpose of imploring their final consent? Must it be the criterion of a statesman that he must be as strong in the art of persuasion as in that of statesmanlike skill in the selection of great lines of conduct or decision? Do we believe that progress comes in this world from the combined intelligence of the majority and not the brain of an individual? Or do we imagine that in future we can dispense with this conception of human Kultur?

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    One thing we must and may never forget: a majority can never be a substitute for the Man. It is always the advocate not only of stupidity, but also of cowardly policies; and just as a hundred fools do not make one wise man, a heroic decision is not likely to come from a hundred cowards.

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    All politicians' salaries should be the minimum wage, that way you can assure that they are in their position for helping the populace, not exploiting it *and* getting fat at the same time which is frankly irresistable if you're a scumbag.

    Schopenhauer's views - "Leave each man free to work out his own salvation", and so long as government was thus limited, he would "prefer to be ruled by a lion than one of [his] fellow rats" — i.e., by a monarch, rather than a democrat. Schopenhauer did, however, share the view of Thomas Hobbes on the necessity of the state, and of state action, to check the destructive tendencies innate to our species.

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    I pulled these up from another thread on democracy I contributed to:


    Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you’re told. - Dave Barry

    Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. - G. K. Chesterton

    The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity. - James Fenimore Cooper

    Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone’s slave. - Karl Kraus


    It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory.
    Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. - Thomas Mann

    I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. - H. L. Mencken

    Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. - H. L. Mencken

    Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses. - H. L. Mencken

    Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. - Laurence J. Peter

    Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political — legislative and administrative — decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself. - Joseph A. Schumpeter


    Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. - George Bernard Shaw

    Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant. - John Simon

    There is little hope for democracy if the hearts of men and women in democratic societies cannot be touched by a call to something greater than themselves. - Margaret Thatcher

    Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. - Oscar Wilde

    Democracy is a charming form of government; full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. - Plato

    Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. - Plato


    Advertising is the very essence of democracy. - Bruce Barton

    Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely. - Aristotle

    Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. - Aristotle

    Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man. - Bertrand Russell

    Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve. - Maureen Dowd

    Once wide coercive powers are given to governmental agencies for particular purposes, such powers cannot be effectively controlled by democratic assemblies. - Friedrich August Von Hayek

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    This Democracy isn't a true Democracy like it was in the Ancient Greece.

    We live in a Social-Democracy.

    Social democracy is a political ideology of the centre-left on the classic political spectrum. The contemporary social democratic movement seeks to reform capitalism to align it with the ethical ideals of social justice while maintaining the capitalist mode of production, as opposed to creating an alternative socialist economic system.[1] Practical modern social democratic policies include the promotion of a welfare state, and the creation of economic democracy as a means to secure workers' rights.[2]

    Historically, social democracy was a form of evolutionary reformist socialism[2] that advocated the establishment of a socialist economy through class struggle. During the early 20th century, major European social democratic parties began to reject elements of Marxism, Revolutionary socialism and class struggle, taking a moderate position that socialism could be established through political reforms. The distinction between Social Democracy and Democratic Socialism had yet to fully develop at this time. The Frankfurt Declaration of the Socialist International in 1951, attended by many social democratic parties from across the world, committed adherents to oppose Bolshevik communism and Stalinism, and to promote a gradual transformation of capitalism into socialism.[3]

    Social democracy, as practiced in Europe in 1951, was a socialist movement supporting gradualism; the belief that gradual democratic reforms to capitalist economies will eventually succeed in creating a socialist economy.[4] rejecting forcible imposition of socialism through revolutionary means.[4] This gradualism has resulted in various far left groups, including communists, of accusing social democracy of accepting the values of capitalist society and therefore not being a genuine form of socialism[4],instead labeling it a concession made to the working class classes by the ruling class. Social democracy rejects the Marxian principle of dictatorship of the proletariat and the creation of a socialist state, claiming that gradualist democratic reforms will improve the rights of the working class.[5]

    Since the rise in popularity of the New Right and neoliberalism, a number of prominent social democratic parties have abandoned the goal of the gradual evolution of capitalism to socialism and instead support welfare state capitalism.[6] Social democracy as such has arisen as a distinct ideology from democratic socialism. In many countries, social democrats continue to exist alongside democratic socialists, who stand to the left of them on the political spectrum. The two movements sometimes operate within the same political party, such as the Brazilian Workers' Party[7] and the Socialist Party of France. In recent years, several social democratic parties (in particular, the British Labour Party) have embraced more centrist, Third Way policy positions. This development has generated considerable controversy.

    The Socialist International (SI) is the main international organization of social democratic and moderate socialist parties. It affirms the following principles: first, freedom—not only individual liberties, but also freedom from discrimination and freedom from dependence on either the owners of the means of production or the holders of abusive political power; second, equality and social justice—not only before the law but also economic and socio-cultural equality as well, and equal opportunities for all including those with physical, mental, or social disabilities; and, third, solidarity—unity and a sense of compassion for the victims of injustice and inequality. These ideals are described in further detail in the SI's Declaration of Principles.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_democracy


    "One of the key founders of contemporary social democracy was Eduard Bernstein, a proponent of reformist socialism and a revisionist of Marxism. Bernstein had originally been a Marxist and had held close association to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, but he saw flaws in Marxian thinking and began such criticism when he investigated and challenged the Marxian materialist theory of history.[13] Bernstein criticized Marxism's concept of "irreconciliable class conflicts" and Marxism's hostility to liberalism.[14] Bernstein challenged Marx's position on liberalism by claiming that liberal democrats and social democrats held common grounds that he claimed could be utilized to create a "socialist republic"

    Bernstein was born in Berlin to Jewish parents. His political career began in 1872, when he became a member of the so-called Eisenachers (named after the German town Eisenach), a socialist party with Marxist tendencies formally known as Sozialdemokratische Arbeiterpartei Eisenacher Programms."





    "The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name of LIBERALISM, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened"
    - – Norman Thomas, American socialist

    http://www.socialdemocratsusa.org/

    http://www.dondodd.com/schnieder/071703.html

    "Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society."

    ~Aristotle

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