The Form is in the Breadth

Anthropologists will one day marvel at the divergent fields of inquiry between the right and left. Both sides as certain of their own dignified pursuits as they are the malice and triviality of their enemies. It must be a divine lark at some plane of consciousness to watch one side struggle to maintain their fathers’ civilization, while the other works with equal ardor to discern which of those fathers were contemptibly heteronormative.

With that in mind, it seems to be an exclusive exercise of the dissident right to question our contemporary forms and functions of government. If there is any wisdom more readily received than anti-white/anti-racism, it is the obligation to democracy and universal suffrage. Like practically all liberal imperatives, this notion is substantiated not by its results, but by its perceived moral propriety. And the fact that what we embrace as good has no meaningful correlation to what turns out well is a topic that goes resolutely unexplored.

While the national media waits for me to take that topic up at greater length in a subsequent post, I wanted to make a few observations about democracy and the philosophical eddies swirling around it in the alt-right.

Upon hearing criticisms of democracy and the solipsistic politicians and hand puppets it tends to elevate, my response is usually to wonder, “in lieu of what?” The question isn’t whether democracy is bad, the question is what’s better. Were Tony Blair and David Cameron worse than Prince Charles and his inert mother? Were GWB and Barrack Obama worse than an alternate aristocracy of Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Bloomberg? Would a military junta produce more felicitous results? A sultanate? A politburo? A kakistocracy? All of these questions are debatable, but they do require a response.

The truth is that every form of government is fundamentally a democracy. Different names are applied according to the shape and radius of the franchise. Even in historical hereditary monarchies, there were tacit votes of approval from the landed gentry. The entire exercise of government is not in conceiving its form, but in drawing the contours of who gets to decide. That’s where power and practicality reside.

In the sensibilities of modern American liberals, those deciding should be eighth generation black wards of the state and illiterate Guatemalan hedge trimmers. The right, in general contrast, believes quality of government is not proportional to the quantity of decision makers. In fact, that they are inversely proportional is likely the more accurate statement.

But whatever one’s stance on the positioning of democratic contours, it seems apparent they must be evaluated in light of competing interests to mitigate the influence of idiots, aliens, and resource siphons on one hand against self-serving cabals on the other. No careful man would willingly subject himself to the malign leadership selections of either a Detroit precinct or the Technology CEO Council. It is because of the continual emergence of the latter that I take a more expansive view of the franchise than some on the dissident right. Though far less expansive than any modern democracy.

As far as where I’d draw the contours, simply restricting the vote to federal income taxpayers would lop off 45% of the electorate, while rendering the left’s urban vote farms inoperative. America’s founders envisioned an electorate far narrower than that. I can’t honestly say that time has proved their parsimony imprudent. But I can say we should always think of our nation as an extended family and our country as an extended home.

Two rigid rules of the Porter household are that foreign squatters receive no room and reliant children receive no vote. You’d be amazed at how much these alone contribute to quality government and a harmonious habitat.


23 thoughts on “The Form is in the Breadth

  1. Sir, as an aspiring writer, my begrudging realization that no amount of effort on my part could possibly allow me to achieve half your level of eloquence, clarity of thought, and power of expression, has motivated me to send my CV to the Elders of Zion just to spite you and your cause. (They’re always hiring.) Apres moi le déluge!

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  3. Democracy has never worked. It killed Athens, and Rome. What’s better? A government that allows only one people to rule and lets the best rise. Its not a question of systems but of functionality. The Founders only let White Male Landowners vote. This is NOT DEMOCRACY. The Founders HATED DEMOCRACY. Its the simple understanding that only a few actually understand the purposes of the State and the functions thereof. Is it fair? HELL NO. Fair doesn’t even exist. Some are smarter and most are not. White male landowners were the tax base and the ones who had the ethics and understanding to rule. Call it Aristocratic if you want, but most people don’t care about anything but living well. They do not study or care to learn the amount of information necessary to run a Stable Society. Complain. Wring your hands. Whatever. People who want power should NEVER have it. People never want power for good reasons. Only those who feel that running the State is a Heavy Burden and Responsibility that someone must simply do. These are the Wise.

    • Rome as a Republic lasted almost 500 years and we will likely last half that. I’m not sure the system of government has yet been devised that is optimal for the unique qualities of the post WW2 era Northern European. What I am confident of is that it can’t include the franchise for any culture that imposes clitorectomies on its daughters or fatherlessness on its sons.

      As a side note, in the Orient at least, I’m confident that Deng Xiopeng will have statues proudly in civic squares more than twice as long as any Confederate general. Hell if he didn’t bring a billion people out of the dark ages. I don’t think Trump is our Deng, but we need one.

  4. Such a wise and eloquent essay.
    “While the national media waits for me to take that topic up” (haha–that should be the case)
    How long can the US taxpayer be imposed upon to subsidize the whole world?

    Restricting the vote to taxpayers
    Eliminating charity through voting–you want to finance Voter ID in Kenya, write the check

    These horrible policies can’t bear the weight of scrutiny and are never challenged.

  5. The voting problem can be broken down in many ways, though none of the proposed changes benefit the left, which is why none of them will ever happen. If you had to own a house, they lose. If you had to have a job, or be legitimately retired after a lifetime of meaningful work, they lose. If you had to be born here, they lose. If both your parents had to be born here, they lose even worse. Even more simple, if you have to present photo ID, they lose.

    The problem is that the numerical majority of people, as opposed to an electoral college amalgamation, are either indignant and useless, and therefore dependent on the status quo, or foreign squatters who hope to bring the rest of their tribe here. When you don’t need to produce anything but a pulse to vote, a kakistocracy is the result.

    The most frustrating part is that trump was probably the last gasp of a dying majority. Despite the very clear desires of those who put him into office, he has done nothing to stop it. Just wait until we invade North Korea, those refugees ivanka will demand we import will vote democrat too.

    I’m glad your place gives us such an eloquent eulogy.

  6. Too bad the germans lost the war. We would have have been exploring other solar systems by now and the rest of Europe and the west would have been free of jewish influence. Instead we get muh multiculturalism and a slow and then rapid decline into the trash heap of history.

    I wonder how the chosenites think they will deal with the Chinese when they become the number one superpower in the not distant future?

    • The only thing to be said for the WW2 situation is that at least the last chance of the Europeans went out in spectacular fashion. Panzers, Tigers, V2 rockets, Karl-Gerat self-propelled mortars — at least it failed with a darkly Wagnerian bang instead of a whimper.

      But yes, it’s appalling what the German defeat has wrought.

  7. Thanks Barney, Empty, Water, and Gator. And thanks to all of you for reading.

    Praetorian: I think about writing a book frequently. The blog would have to be moth-balled to accomplish it, though I like the idea as a more durable heirloom for my children.

    • In 1927, Wyndham Lewis wrote ‘The Art of Being Ruled’, dealing with this topic, among many, which included something along these lines: “The problem is that the Western countries have tried to treat everyone like an Athenian gentleman and give them the vote. This is not going to work.”

    • Yep, an edited/expanded collection of essays would be wonderful. Castalia House might be interested.

      The shame is that you belong on the editorial pages of the country.

      • Yes, you probably should get in contact with Castalia. You could go through and select a bunch of “best of” essays — you likely have enough for several volumes already.

      • “go through and select a bunch of “best of” essays”
        That could take a while or two.

  8. The poll tax used to work just fine. One ounce of gold presented at the poll would limit the vote to concerned citizens.

  9. Do you want me to write a long-winded, gasbag response on the virtues of traditional throne-and-altar monarchy? Because this is how you get me to write a long-winded, gasbag response on the virtues of traditional throne-and-altar monarchy.

    • Who Decides?

      That’s the question I always want answered. In all future debates on forms of government I’d prefer a prohibition on typical terms. Just tell me the radius of people who get to decide the ruler. That’s all a system of government is: who decides.

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