Democracy: Enemy of the Left?

Devin Saucier thinks so.
Despite leftist rhetoric about the wonders of democracy, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the left’s worst enemy is true democracy, in its primary meaning as rule of the dêmos. As the West descends deeper into the once-outlandish fantasies of 1960s radicals, ordinary people are finding themselves strangers in a land which they could once proudly call their own. Meanwhile, the leaders they elect to presumably represent their interests are too busy growing fat from steak dinners paid for by the Treason Lobby to care about the experiences and opinions of the Average Joe.

Leftists realize all of this, so until the day when they have succeeded in dissolving the people and electing another, they realize it is in their best interest to prevent referenda or popular initiatives on issues which might yield a politically incorrect result. As Georgetown’s Marc Morjé Howard noted in his essay Politics of Immigration and Citizenship in Europe, “in terms of issues dealing with immigration and citizenship, a nondemocratic, elite-driven process may lead to more liberal policy outcomes, whereas genuine popular involvement can result in more restrictive laws and institutions.” Howard goes on to suggest that “proponents of liberal, inclusive policies should give more thought to the role of democracy – both representative democracy that results in the inclusion of Far Right parties in governments and policymaking and direct democracy that takes the form of referenda and initiatives – on issues that are prone to populism, xenophobia, and racism.”

Of course, by “give more thought,” Howard means “minimize as much as possible” and by “populism, xenophobia, and racism,” he means “the un-PC opinions of normal, everyday people.” Howard’s concern about the influence of Far Right parties applies only to Europe, as they actually have parties which represent the views of the people on immigration issues. Here in America, the best we get is the occasional congressman who ends up being silenced, or a state legislature which ends up being blocked from enforcing the popular will.

The truth is that if referenda or popular initiatives on immigration were put forth in Western nations, the people would overwhelmingly vote for restrictionist policies. The democratic deficit between public attitudes on immigration and actual policy outcomes in Western countries has been noted by scholars for decades. Yet political elites have proven themselves more willing to bend to business interests, ethnic lobbies, and political correctness than to the desires of their countrymen on the most fundamental of questions: who should be allowed to become a citizen or reside in our nation?

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