Quote of the Week: Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, “Leftism Revisited”

A lovely page from “Leftism Revisited.”

S y d n e y T r a d s

Erik-Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Democracy is a political form, not a system of government. It has no social content, although the word is frequently misused in that sense. It is wrong to say ‘Mr. Green is very democratic; on his trips he has lunch with his chauffeur.’ Mr. Green is, rather, a friend of simple people, and so should appropriately be described as demophile,not democratic.

Democracy is a Greek word combining demos (the people) and krátos (power in a strong, almost brutal sense). The milder form would be arché, which implies leadership rather than rule. Hence ‘Monarchy’ is the fatherly rule of one man in the interests of the common good, whereas ‘monocracy’ is a one-man tyranny. Aristotle and the early and late Scholastics divided the forms of government according to the table below.

GOOD FORMS

BAD FORMS

Monarchy, the rule of one man in…

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