I’ve written many times about political dynamics and the swelling of blatant demagoguery in response to the incentives built into our system of government. Recent developments, especially the increasing degree of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans at destroying our rights and seizing our property, persuade me that the time has come to declare the politician an invasive, destructive human subspecies: an evolutionary development that threatens the rest of Mankind.
This development was foreseen more than a century ago:
The day will come when a multitude of people will choose the legislature. Is it possible to doubt what sort of a legislature will be chosen? On the one side is a statesman preaching patience, respect for rights, strict observance of public faith. On the other is a demagogue ranting about the tyranny of capitalism and usury and asking why anyone should be permitted to drink champagne and to ride in a carriage while thousands of honest people are in want of necessaries. Which of the candidates is likely to be preferred by a workman? When Society has entered on this downward progress, either civilization or liberty must perish. Either some Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand, or your Republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire in the fifth, with this difference, that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged Rome came from without, and that your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your country, by your own institutions. [Thomas Babington Macaulay]
What shall we do about these predators? How can we forestall their further multiplication? Well, what do we do with other verminous species that threaten the rest of us, Gentle Reader?
Are there any Liberty’s Torch readers with experience in the development of pesticides?