Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

"Only Democrats and Dictators are Afraid of Elections"

So said James Hudnall a while back. To that you can now add Danish Liberals, apparently. According to this uncharacteristically short Steven Den Beste piece:
In her new book, Danish Liberal EU spokesperson Charlotte Antonsen questions the use of referenda as a useful way to build up European democracy.

The book - "Towards the European Constitution" warns that the EU could fall apart if the Danish practise of consulting the people in referenda over important EU treaties is copied by other member states.

"Referenda have a very conservative effect on development. If the other countries copy us, the EU will fall apart", she writes.

Mrs Antonsen, a member of the Danish Parliament for the ruling Liberal party, argues that representative democracy is just as democratic as referenda.

"Referenda are in fact pure gambling. There is no guarantee of a positive outcome, unfortunately".
Yeah, that's about it. If they can't guarantee the outcome then the proles shouldn't be allowed to vote.

I've said a couple of times that the majority of the populace is too stupid to vote. I don't think too many people disagree with that. BUT that's the way the system has developed - and quite honestly, it works in spite of itself, because when given the chance the people say "NO!" more often than they say "Yes." And this is what Ms. Antonsen objects to:

"Referenda have a very conservative effect on development."

And this is a bad thing.... why?

Because it isn't progressive, that liberal watchword that means "whatever we want to try this week." In Liberal v. Conservative: Both are Necessary, my opponent "John Doe" wrote:
"Liberals have a fundamental faith in the ability of humans to better themselves and act appropriately when the situation calls for it."
But as Ms. Antonsen illustrates, no, they don't. If they did, they wouldn't fear referenda and elections where they can't guarantee the outcome.

It sounds like Ms. Antonsen and "John Doe" are two peas in a pod.

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