A Brief Lesson in Democratic Politics: Sometimes It Takes a King

Voters only insist upon one single thing of their elected politicians. Lies: If a politician wants to get elected and then re-elected, he must lie to voters, avoid the truth, obfuscate the truth, and most importantly, promise to give them stuff at the expense of others, all while leading them to believe they’re getting it for free. This is what’s known as being “artful.” That’s euphemism for getting caught in your own lies less than the other guy gets caught in his.

This is the basic ethos of all voters worldwide. Either they want someone to spend their time, energy, and other people’s money enforcing the biggest mob’s (euphemism alert: “majority”) “values,” or they simply want them to steal from the “rich” and give it to the “poor” in turn. Voters get weepy reading Robin Hood.

Bread and Circuses has been around since 100AD, folks (and that’s just its metaphorical insertion into the political discourse of the day). It used to be simple appeasement, paid for often enough through State expansion and conquest. That’s what Kings & Emperors did. They had the common decency to steal from people in lands far, far away. Now, democratically elected politicians just steal from your neighbors and you’re totally fine with that.

It took an unelected State figurehead to deliver this message the other day: Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state. In the words of Margaret Thatcher, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

So let’s get to The King, and then to why it’s good to be King.

King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.

In its place a “participation society” is emerging, in which people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government. […]

“The shift to a ‘participation society’ is especially visible in social security and long-term care,” the king said, reading out to lawmakers a speech written for him by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government.

“The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form.”

Here’s the funny thing and why “it’s good to be King.” I posted that article link on the FTA Facebook Page earlier today and got the typical, predictable responses:

  1. So get rid of the UNELECTED King!!!
  2. He’s just reading the Prime Minister’s speech.

Both points are moderately valid, but they both also miss the wider picture. In the first case, on a practical level, all of the expenses for all of the old world figurehead royalty don’t amount to a drop in the bucket for even one State’s overall welfare burden. Worse, it implies that there’s an important distinction to be made between monarchy and democracy in the post-enlightenment west.

The second is far more important, and is what motivated this post. It misses the nuance of the whole thing. How come the King had to deliver a message from the government? BECAUSE HE DOESN’T FACE RE-ELECTION PRESSURES. DUH!

Voters are so daft that they don’t even recognize this simple point. European Socialism is like years now into “austerity measures.” That’s euphemism for running out of other people’s money to steal and redistribute, incidentally. They’re so clamorous to be led to safety…

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H.L. Mencken

…that they’ll suborn further lies, and lies upon lies, and shielding of the reality of things—all orchestrated by the politicians they elect. It’s all about feeling comfortable. Democracy is the problem, and that fact is made manifest by the simple act of professional politicians in charge having a King deliver their hard truths to their constituency. What’s old is new again, I guess. It’s convenient to imagine that this really began going downhill fast with women’s suffrage; but, as Lysander Spooner pointed out a very long time ago in opposition to women’s suffrage

Women are human beings, and consequently have all the natural rights that any human beings can have. They have just as good a right to make laws as men have, and no better; AND THAT IS JUST NO RIGHT AT ALL. No human being, nor any number of human beings, have any right to make laws, and compel other human beings to obey them. To say that they have is to say that they are the masters and owners of those of whom they require such obedience.

I’m giving the King of the Netherlands a pass on this one. It demonstrates clearly the utter bankruptcy of democracy and of the attempt to be in the bigger mob—to make 49% the slaves of 51%—via the vote. In these terms, I’d far rather be the hapless, defenseless, at-the-mercy-of SUBJECT of the King, than a pathetic piece of shit voter (“voter” …that’s euphemism for petty thug).

I wrote this in a post in 2007, making fun of Mark Levin for getting stiffed by George Bush:

So: the great king of 2000 is now the bad king of 2007. Wonder who’ll be the great king of 2008…

I guess we know the answer to that, now. What’s funny is that you ridiculous voters really think you’ve got the power. You proudly wear it on your lapels every 2-4-8 years.

Yep, you’ve got ’em just where they want you. What a laf you all are and I get to see clear evidence of that every day. So, there’s that; and thank you very much.

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  1. Ken Hoop on September 20, 2013 at 12:23

    Yeah, I used to get excited about all your referred to redistribution. Until the banksters captured
    government, collapsed the economy with CDOs and credit default swaps, got a get out of jail free card, while the working class redistributed its money to them, losing millions of jobs in the process.

    Then there was the three trillion dollar Iraq War based on WMD lies wherein the m-i-complex got all the redistribution.
    If a nation can afford to fight wars having nothing to do with national defense, and if a nation can afford to allow banksters to de-regulate themselves from a deserved chain gang into high-livin, it can afford to have national health care (which is NOT the rehashed Heritage Foundation Big Insurance/Big Pharma scheme called Obamacare.)

    • Richard Nikoley on September 20, 2013 at 13:08

      Kenn Hoop:

      You’re just too much of an idiot and moron…opps, I’ve already spent too much time.

  2. BigRob on September 20, 2013 at 12:46


    I remember about 5 years ago a truck pulling into my neighborhood with a refrigerator in the back. This cracked out girl in her twenties wearing daisy dukes was in the back and some dude driving.

    They asked me if I wanted to buy strip steaks for $2.00 a pound. I talked to them for a few minutes and asked them where they came from. It was, of course, a food stamp scam.

  3. Richard Nikoley on September 20, 2013 at 13:12

    Screw you BigRob. I had to Google “Daisy Dukes.”

  4. Richard Nikoley on September 20, 2013 at 13:17

    Shorter Ken Hoop:

    ‘Can’t us peons be as big of thieves and get away with it, please.?’

  5. Paul Devine on September 20, 2013 at 13:55

    The third Tuesday in September is traditionally the state opening of parliament and the presentation of the budget for the year ahead in the Netherlands. Before giving her (government’s) policy speech, the Queen used to ride around the Hague in a golden horse drawn carriage. Her son, who became king this year, used the same carriage, maintaining the tradition.

    Article 42 of the Dutch constitution states the government consists of the king and the ministers. However the functions of the monarch are completely ceremonial and include giving the speech presenting the government’s policy and plans for the year ahead. This speech was written by prime minister Rutte.

    No one in Holland or UK, where the Queens makes the same type of speech at the opening of parliament would think that the monarch is actually involved in making policy- its just pomp and ceremony.

  6. Ataraxia on September 20, 2013 at 13:56

    Ken Hoop,
    yes, the working class has been getting increasingly abused under democratic systems. Just like they got abused (and of course much worse) under any previous systems of government. Could it be that government itself, an authoritarian power system, is the problem? What power system do you think would be immune to the corruption of power?

  7. Richard Nikoley on September 20, 2013 at 15:22


    So, no message, no matter how relevant and prescient is important, because of who delivers it?

    Am I to be persuaded then, that because politicians wrote it and in fear for their profession, had the King deliver it, it’s of less importance? See, I’m crazy enough to think that makes it even more important.

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