We get told, interminably, by those over to our left that we should have a truly democratic economy. The argument being, as I understand it, that voting on stuff is the highest value. Who does what, how, at what price, is something that should be determined by us all marking a piece of paper so as to determine what the collective view is.
Viktor Orban has raised the stakes in his confrontation with Brussels by announcing a referendum to measure support for a law that bans the “depiction or promotion” of homosexuality and gender reassignment for under-18s.
The law has been criticised in Europe for conflating paedophilia with homosexuality and the European Commission has said it violates EU rules on freedom of expression, free trade and provision of services.
“Equality and the respect for dignity and human rights are core values of the EU, enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union. The commission will use all the instruments at its disposal to defend these values,” the commission said.
Everyone marking a piece of paper in order to work out what the collective view on an action is or should be is not an allowable action. It’s so awful that those doing it should be anathematised.
Democracy is not the highest value.
Well, quite, democracy is not the highest value at all, is it? Something else is – liberty. We do indeed say that some things are not for the tyranny of the majority to decide. We tend to call these things civil rights, human rights, freedoms even. There are areas of life where what other people think of our actions, what other people get to do about, in what manner they get to restrict, mean bugger all. These are freedoms, liberties, which are not subject to that tyranny.
OK, so now all we need to decide upon is which of these things are those civil liberties which are not subject to the veto of others and which are those which are.
Actual civil libertarians regard which consenting adults we decide to fuck with as being just such liberties just as much as we do which consenting adults we’ll buy an apple from, who we’ll cooperate with to make apples for sale. Those who support that democratic economy idea are as restrictive of those civil liberties as those who would make consensual adult fucking illegal.
A pox on both their houses……