sexta-feira, 7 de julho de 2006

Do poder absoluto do parlamentarismo/democracia

Were the executive power not to have a right of restraining the encroachments of the legislative body, the latter would become despotic; for as it might arrogate to itself what authority it pleased, it would soon destroy all the other powers.
~ Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu,
The Spirit of Laws

No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.
~ Gideon J. Tucker

Wherefore being all of one mind, we do highly resolve that government of the grafted by the grafter for the grafter shall not perish from the earth.
Mark Twain

While it is perhaps true that "one cannot fool all the people all the time," it seems that one can fool millions for centuries.
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Liberty or Equality

[W]hen once Power is based on the sovereignty of all, the distrust comes to seem unreasonable and the vigilance pointless: and the limits set on authority no longer get defended.
~ Bertrand de Jouvenel,
On Power

Citações a propósito do que se passa no Nepal, em Monarchy and Democracy at the Top of the World by Jørn K. Baltzersen

"(...) Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar asks how it is possible in 2006 to have an absolute monarchy. I ask how anyone in 2006, with all the experience we now have with democracy, can accept the absolute rule of democratically elected politicians.

There were those who claimed the riots in Kathmandu where not led by the Maoists. Some claimed to be out there on their own initiative. That illustrates the validity of the old Chinese saying:

When the best leader’s work is done, the people say: "We did it ourselves."

When popular government is installed and has worked a while, the Nepalese will say: "we rule ourselves." There will be no uprisings when rights violations occur, because it’s "their own government." No one will cry for stopping taxes to the government. What’s been going on in Nepal lately actually proves a point. A royal government is subject to much greater skepticism than is democratic government. If Nepal lets real monarchy go, the Nepalese will miss it eventually.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn told us:

We are always ruled. There is no escape."

PS: Gosto sempre de lembrar que as nações mais funcionais e mais livres (ok, não podem ter pornografia em todo o lado nem beber uns copos valentes mas...) do Médio Oriente são precisamente as monarquias absolutas.

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