America may soon be going to war. Again. And there’s not a thing democracy can do about it.
Now I’m not saying the United States of America, a constitutional republic, is a democracy. It does, however, have certain democratic elements. Elements put up on a heroic pedesetal whenever government injustice is brought to light: “Don’t like it? Vote on it and change it.” Well, guess what? Voting on it doesn’t seem to be working. The vast majority of the American people opposes the looming Syrian intervention. And yet, it appears to be happening anyway.
Democratic peace theory states that war between democratic nations is extremely unlikely, as the people of neither nation would want a war that could be avoided in favor of peaceful solutions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work when a government ceases to represent the will of the people and begins acting unilaterally. All that theory about democracy means nothing once reduced to its barest elements: giving power to certain individuals. Given enough time, said individuals in authority figure out a way to deal with pesky democratic elements or constitutional limitations on power. All that is then left is the jack-booted state, which will go to war whenever it damn well pleases.
Economics professor extraordinaire Hans-Hermann Hoppe called democracy the “God that failed.” In light of the looming Syrian conflict, it would appear that democracy is failing. Hard.