How To Fix Our Broken Democracy
October 1st, 2020 | CW
Democratic reform is desperately needed in Canada. The usual mainstream prescriptions consist of proposals to make things more democratic in the hopes that representation will be more accurate and, thus, satisfying to the voters. Calls for proportional representation are often heard and ignored. Senate reform has been proven impossible. Adjusting seat counts across the country is simply nibbling at the margins.
The fundamental problem with our democracy is the fact that democracy itself is a flawed institution. It only works when it is highly compromised and selective. Representative democracy with party systems is what we’ve had in the West for centuries and these systems are highly corrupt, compromised and endlessly progressive.
Nevertheless, our classic representative democracy functioned well enough to bring us many of the fruits of modernity, for better and for worse, but the problems we’re seeing in our system today don’t stem from a lack of true democracy, but from the slow achievement of true democracy. As voting rights have expanded and the hegemony of the progressive liberal democratic state grows uncontrollably, we’re seeing the late-stage democracy problems that people throughout history have warned us about.
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The solution for better government isn’t to try to make democracy even more democratic and representative. That just pours gasoline on the fire. The solution is to limit and restrict democracy as much as possible in order to ensure that our government isn’t beholden to superficial popularity contests in which voters naturally choose largesse with abandon.
Taxpayers pay more into the system than they take out. Consequently, they should have a bigger say in how the government spends the money. Right now, 51.8% of the nation’s income tax is paid by the richest 8.4% of the citizens. At the same time polls show that most people want to tax “the rich” even more.
This is mob envy presenting as egalitarianism.
For every $5,000 a person pays in income tax, they should receive an extra vote.
When women got the right to vote, all governments across the West sharply moved to the left on almost every issue. Women view governments in the same light they view potential husbands: what can he provide me? This caused the creation of the social welfare state and led to the development of our modern-day nanny state.
There’s nuance to this argument of course. Bismark started the first modern welfare state in the middle of the 1800s for instance, and women with children are more inclined to vote conservative since they have their children’s future to think about.
Nevertheless, the constitution of women is naturally constructed in such a way that their feminine inclinations lead them towards a leftist and, ultimately, anti-civilizational direction. They need the leadership of men, strong men… in order to balance out some of their more harmful instincts. When it comes to good governance, women should be heard and considered, but their input needs to be tempered by the firm hand of responsible men.
Immigrants chose to move to a new country presumably because they were attracted to it for what it is and what it offers. Influencing the political process upon gaining citizenship is simply not appropriate. They’ve made a choice to adopt the country and using their foreign influence to then change the government is an influence that natural born citizens should not have to put up with.
"The solution for better government isn’t to try to make democracy even more democratic and representative."
A secondary problem is that most immigrants arrive from countries that are either non-democratic or have extremely different perspectives on democracy. The democracy that Canada inherited came from our British colonial masters and stems from a White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant tradition. Immigrants unfamiliar with concepts or inclinations towards traditional WASP democracy tend to vote tribally for influence and socialistically for material gain.
Consequently, first generation immigrants should not have the right to vote.
The cornerstone of civilization is family. Most of our social problems stem from problems of (or lack of) family. Government’s first priority should be promoting what is good for families…and this means children.
Children are the future of a nation and without them everything will collapse into a smouldering pit. They offer a reason for building a good future and they create continuity with the past. Politicians without family or children don’t respect the future in the same way that politicians with families do, because they haven’t got a personal stake in it. Voters are the same. If a voter is childless, then their interests end with their natural life span, while others are responsible for building proper legacies. That legacy is the future.
For every child someone has under the age of 18, they should get an extra full vote.
If you chose to live outside of the country, then your life is unfolding in a foreign land and your input into the governance of the country from which you left is void. If you aren’t participating in putting down roots and making a commitment to your nation, then you shouldn’t have a vote in how those of us who are putting down roots and making commitments choose to govern things.
If you don’t live in Canada at least 90% of the year, then you don’t get to vote.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy--to be followed by a dictatorship.” – Alexander Tytler
These are five simple ideas that would provide all Canadians with far better election results than we must put up with currently. Too much democracy is like too much McDonald’s; it’ll take you in a direction nobody really wants to go. The more the franchise expands, the more people call for the franchise to keep expanding. Democracy is like a cancer. It grows until it kills everything. The ancients knew this and warned about it. Even enlightenment thinkers a few hundred years ago dreaded the implications of democracy. Since then, we have venerated democracy to idolatrous levels and we must take drastic measures to stop our present-day madness from spiralling out of control.
The historical time frame for a democratic lifespan is not long… maybe 200 years, max. If we aren’t willing to replace it with something better, then a good compromise is to simply turn back the clock to when democracy was far more exclusive and limited.
These five corrections are a good start.
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