The Hunger Games

Democracy is not about fairness, equality, choices, or any of the nice ideas we’ve been taught about growing up. It is simply a method for the majority to decide how to direct the coercive power of the state to their benefit.

Once the state existed for the benefit of the king, then for the king and his nobles, and gradually more of the state’s subjects had a say in how it was run. Parliaments expanded, and in England, took on the king at his own game. We want to raise an army as well! How dare you monopolise violence!

We have deluded ourselves into believing that democracy is non-violent, peaceful, and preferable to those old-fashioned ideas of monarch and nobility. We resolve our differences at the ballot box, not the battlefield. And yet when we vote, we are not trying to decide whether to order Chinese or Indian for the nation – a decision that majority voting could legitimately be used for – but rather to use violence and oppression to serve our own ends. We demand new laws, we prohibit substance after substance, we find another minority group to demonise. But don’t worry folks, we took a vote first! We ask that our industry receives special favours and subsidies, that we deserve wages above that which others are freely willing to pay – but that’s all fair game in democracy.

Ultimately, we are all trying to vote for our “share” of the nation’s wealth. There are only three ways to gain wealth – earn it through freely traded labour and production, be given it as a gift, or to steal it from others under threat of violence. Western democracy has become nothing but a game. A game to see who can win the most by voting ourselves others people’s money: that we didn’t earn, and that they didn’t give.

One day, the game will end. That day may be sooner than you think.

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One Response to The Hunger Games

  1. nomasir says:

    Well said Andy. From the Christian perspective I’d say that the notion of “democracy is good” hinges on the notion of the “morality of the majority” – but we know full well that the majority will rebel against goodness, truth, and light at any given time … and will justify it by any number of measures (including “we took a vote first”).

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