Three Cheers for Hoppe
The leftist rag Mother Jones doesn’t like Blake Masters, the Republican nominee for the US Senate from Arizona. It’s no surprise that this magazine would oppose a conservative candidate, but according to the author of the piece, Noah Lanard, Masters is guilty of a terrible sin.
“On Election Day in 2005, then–Stanford sophomore Blake Masters sent two emails to the listserv of his vegetarian co-op. In the first, Masters, now the Republican Senate candidate in Arizona, urged classmates to read an article about a California ballot measure “[i]f you must worship that miserably peculiar American diety [sic] called Democracy.” In the second, he put together a reading list that could have easily served as a crash course in anti-democratic libertarianism.
Two of the articles were by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, a German economist best known for his 2001 jeremiad Democracy: The God That Failed. One, a 1995 paper titled ‘The Political Economy of Monarchy and Democracy, and the Idea of a Natural Order,’ argued that ‘the historic transition from monarchy to democracy represents not progress but civilizational decline.’ In addition to advocating ‘the abdication of democracy,’ Hoppe wanted people to accept a ‘natural order’ under which a ‘voluntarily acknowledged ‘natural’ elite—a nobilitas naturalis’ reigns supreme.” See this.
I’m sure that you noticed something is missing. Lanard says, in effect: “Hoppe thinks that monarchy is better than democracy! How evil can you get!” Of course, he doesn’t tell us that Hans prefers an anarcho-capitalist society, one with no state at all, to monarchy. Hans thinks that absolute monarchy is also a stage in the decline of political institutions.
But let’s put this point aside. Hans does think monarchy is better than democracy. Why is this wrong? Lanard doesn’t tell us. We are just supposed to gasp in horror at the thought that Hans has criticized democracy. No need to look at arguments.
Maybe the point is supposed to be this. Masters is running in a democratic election for the Senate. If you don’t like democracy, aren’t you being inconsistent in running for office? Not at all. There is nothing wrong with monarchists thinking that one candidate for office would be better than another and supporting him.
As the heroic Tom DiLorenzo, another target of Lanard’s venom, points out, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were also critical of democracy, yet they are viewed as Founding Fathers. “Apparently, some of Masters’ old politically conniving left-wing college classmates from Stanford sent the Lying Media Scum (LMS), including Mother Jones, some old emails that Masters passed around to his undergraduate classmates seventeen years ago alerting them to some publications by myself, Murray Rothbard, and Hans-Hermann Hoppe. As every decent person knows, that should certainly disqualify anyone from holding public office in America, if not being a legitimate member of the human race in general. The emails prove that Masters ‘hates democracy,’ says the old commie rag. Actually, that statement makes Masters sound a lot like James Madison who, in Federalist #10, described democracy as ‘the violence of faction’ that would inevitably destroy civil government if not ‘bound by the
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