Saturday, 6 November 2010

Freedom > Democracy : Democracy < Freedom

Part of my comment at David Reid's blog:
The popular association of democracy with freedom is undeserved since it owes nothing to necessity and everything to comparisons with more crudely arbitrary and tyrannical forms of political organization (e.g. the PRC). A certain degree of freedom may be a necessary constituent of democracy, but democratic government is not a necessary constituent of freedom.
Democratic government, like all government, is logically parasitic upon the market basis of a free society.

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