A Critique of Democracy: A Guide for Neoreactionaries by Michael Anissimov

By Michael Anissimov

This consultant explores the arguments opposed to democracy. Democracy is frequently considered as a compulsory process for any civilized kingdom, yet there's a compelling case, drawing on economics, political idea, and cognitive psychology, that says in a different way.

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In pre-civilizational human societies, the outcome of crippling internal conflict would be even worse—being tortured to death by warriors of a hostile tribe. Archaeological study of ancestral remains gives us estimates that 15-60% of adult males met their demise from violence (Keeley 1996). Without strong leaders to keep groups effective, a group might become slightly weaker than the competition, which seizes the opportunity to take over its watering hole, leaving the original group with nothing but warm mud to drink.

Thus, leadership emerges. This is a very simple model with broad explanatory power. Note how dominance psychology doesn’t even need to be a part of the picture, though in practice it is. Van Vugt’s review of the literature on leadership in human groups comes to the conclusion that extraversion is the trait most often associated with leadership, that this trait has a substantial heritable component. In addition, he says that experiments have shown that talkativeness is predictive of leadership—a phenomenon he calls “the babble effect”.

As a result of an ever-expanding list of nondiscrimination-“affirmative action”-laws and nondiscriminatory, multicultural, egalitarian immigration policies, every nook and cranny of American society is affected by government management and forced integration; accordingly, social strife and racial, ethnic, and moral-cultural tension and hostility have increased dramatically. Hoppe's key points about time preference and civilization are somewhat technical and expressed using economics jargon. His central point is that low time preference (ability to delay gratification and conserve resources for future productivity) leads to the better accumulation of capital which benefits everyone in the future, leading to a virtuous cycle.

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