The End of Democracy
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: August 31, 2017
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Most people would agree that democracy throughout the world is in deep trouble. From the polarizing politics of the United States to the endless refugee crisis in Europe to the rise in radical Islam, there is a widespread feeling that our way of life—political, cultural, and social—is under siege. But what if democracy itself is to blame? What if the current threats are not distortions of but inherent to democracy? What if the solution to our present ills is not “fixing” the system, but junking it entirely? Christophe Buffin de Chosal asks these forbidden questions, and answers them unarguably with Gallic wit and glittering style. If you read only one book on politics this year, let this be it! Foreword by Charles A. Coulombe.
Nothing is more dangerous to democracy than the people. That is why democracy will always claim to serve the people while only permitting a small number to rule in their stead. What democracy demands from the people is legitimacy. It does not care about their opinion.
The political parties put forward those of their members who show themselves to be the best manipulators. But among these, only those who are the most open to being manipulated themselves accede to power.
The ideal politician, on the other hand, is pliable, convincing, and a liar by instinct. He is not attached to any platform and has no ideological objective. The single thing to which he is truly committed is power. He wants its prestige and advantages, and seeks above all to be personally enriched by it. Any politician who presents this aspect is recognized as fit for power in a democracy.
Abstentionism lifts a corner of the veil. It is an important indicator. Far from being indifferent to election results, abstentionists consider it useless to vote, either because the candidate of their choice has no chance of winning or because, in their eyes, the country will be governed in the same way regardless of the winning candidate.
But when a party obtains an absolute majority, it can be tempted to put an end to the democratic system. Democracy is never protected from self-destruction. When the parties are too weak, it is the rule of the minority; when they are too powerful, they compromise the system. In both cases, democracy shows itself to be impossible.
The reality is that democracy was invented for the purpose of bringing an oligarchy into power and keeping it there.
Public sentiment ... has been conditioned so much against any other form of government and it has become so convinced that democracy, in spite of its weaknesses, is the system of humanity par excellence, that it cannot admit that this sure system could also be, like so many others, called into question.
It is striking to see how quickly a democratic population accepts as normal acts which it considered immoral, simply because they have become legal. Thus, wearing a safety belt inside a car has become a moral act because it is a legal obligation. Not insuring oneself when insurance is obligatory borders on immorality. Abortion and euthanasia, which revolted our grandparents, have become morally acceptable since being decriminalized. The salaries paid to political personnel, which constitutes an odious scandal in states claiming to be egalitarian, are generally accepted and at times even justified because they are legal.
Progress can only exist when we are convinced we can do better and that things can be perfected. How is it, then, we became convinced we could do no better than democracy?
"This book may well be one of the most important you have ever read." - Charles Coulombe, author of Puritan's Empire.
"One cannot speak too highly of Christophe Buffin de Chosal’s The End of Democracy. In a fast paced, readable, yet scholarly fashion, Professor Buffin de Chosal demolishes the ideological justification in which modern democracy rests while he describes the disastrous effects that democratic rule has had on Western societies. He explodes the myth of Democracy as a protector of individual liberty, a prerequisite for economic progress, and a promoter of the higher arts. " -- AntoniusAquinas.com
Christophe Buffin de Chosal is a Belgian historian and a writer. He is married and the father of six children. He lives in Belgium. He has worked for 25 years as a high school and university teacher in the fields of History, Economics and Politics. His main fields of expertise are Medieval and Modern History, Modern and Contemporary Politics. Since 1988, he has written articles for Correspondance européenne, a French-speaking press agency based in Rome.
One cannot speak too highly of Christophe Buffin de Chosal’s The End of Democracy. In a fast paced, readable, yet scholarly fashion, Professor Buffin de Chosal* demolishes the ideological justification in which modern democracy rests while he describes the disastrous effects that democratic rule has had on Western societies. He explodes the myth of Democracy as a protector of individual liberty, a prerequisite for economic progress, and a promoter of the higher arts. Once Democracy is seen in this light, a far more accurate interpretation of modern history can be undertaken. The book is a very suitable companion to Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s iconoclastic take down of democracy in Democracy: The God That Failed, released at the beginning of this century. Buffin de Chosal has spoken of a follow up which will be eagerly awaited for.
The rest can be found here: https://christusrex.site/2019/07/19/demonocracy-the-great-human-scourge/
Christophe Buffin de Chosal brilliantly busts democratic myths. Do the liberals really care about us? Are all of their decisions really motivated by "the will of the people"? Well...
"The parliamentary regimes which issued from the French Revolution imitated the British system: a king not in charge, ministers responsible to the Houses, and, above all, no universal suffrage. The bourgeois regimes' distrust of universal suffrage is easily understood. At the time, universal suffrage would have reinforced the conservatives, for the population would have spontaneously voted for its natural elite: manorial lords, notaries, and parish priests. ... Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the two states practicing universal suffrage were also the two most powerful and most conservative monarchies: Germany and Austria-Hungary." (p. 18-19)
On p. 45, the author makes a point increasingly common among monarchists, that of "time preference".
In his fifth chapter, the author tries to uncover what good the European Union does that outweighs its ills and cannot be done by nations, finding none. In his sixth chapter, he argues that democracy naturally drifts left. In his seventh chapter, he argues that democratic government brings the incompetent, not the competent, to positions of power. In the final chapter, he makes an interesting comment about popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI: he says that they "rightly pointed out that democracy should not be an ideology, but rather a simple system of governance and representation subject to moral imperatives; they made the mistake of believing, however, that democracy was such a system and that it could submit itself to 'non-negotiable' values" (p. 152-153). He also raises the startling possibility that Muslim society "will even seduce numerous Westerners at a time when parliamentary democracy will reveal its inability to serve the good of peoples" (p. 157).
A few years ago this book would have been considered radical for its suggestion that "democracy" and "representative government" are mirages contrived by a consolidated oligarchy for the unsuspecting masses, but having acquired this book in the year 2020, it seems that everyday experience is confirming the thesis, in my opinion at least. The End of Democracy is hard to unread!
There are two good reasons for buying this book. First, if you want to challenge your good faith in the democratic ideal with clear arguments and strong facts, and second, if you want a cogent explanation for the things you see on TV and the irrational spin of modern political discourse. In either case, you won't be disappointed!
Christopher Buffin de Chosal manages to erase all of my misconceptions about democratic governments that I've held in certainty since my schoolboy days in 161 pages. He manages to expose democracy as not a system of the state giving the masses power, but rather one of the ruling class obtaining legitimacy from the masses.
Overall, this is a very good read. I only did minimal reading every day, and I managed to finish the book in two weeks.
Highly recommended to fellow conservatives to realize that democracy was never meant to function in favor of their interests.
This book will blow your hair back. I read this with a pen and marked every line that I felt was a standalone quote worthy of being posted on the internet. In total I ended up with over 40 quotes. There are so many truth bombs in this book, it's truly unbelievable. Whenever I encounter someone in a political argument, I suggest that they read this book, address its arguments, and then get back to me!
Everyone recognizes that modern democracy and representive republics have become wholly corrupted, representing only the interests of moneyed powers and radical ideological groups, but what is seldom recognized is that this end was initially intended by design. The End of Democracy exposes that end, and yet points also to its looming and inescapable final end.
This book is FILLED to the brim with arguments that thoroughly debunk the liberal premises that animate our current world.
Absolutely loved it.
There are many aspects of culture we accept without question. Democracy as "good" being one of them. This book offers a rare critique we can all benefit from.
I imagine the author lies awake at night, disturbed by how prophetic his book was. I'm reminded of my feelings reading 1984; and that was a decade ago.
Democracy, like Communism is a Utopian ideal with no basis in natural law. Thus, in every case it devolves into something more natural and less democratic.
This book is a necessary read for those who struggle with getting caught up in modern politics and does well reminding us about the importance of Catholicism in all political decisions.
Haven't quite finished, but so far this book is an inoculation against democracy and all its sinister trappings that I didn't know I needed.
The author is just a touch too sympathetic to the Austrian School of Economics for my taste, but that's a minor detail.