Book Excerpt: The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship

The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship By Colm Gillis KDP, 2016   III.1 The Overthrow of the Bourbons and Dictatorship     The French authorities – almost as if to underline the point that dictatorial powers punctuate passages of democratic freedom – adopted a crisis instrument soon after overthrowing the last Bourbon king. Before the time…

Death is the Only Democracy

At one stage in the farcical feature film Blazing Saddles the main protagonist is condemned to die. With an eye to the racial overtones of the movie, the executioner tells the black man that “everyone is equal in my eye.” While in the normal run of things there are factions and sectarian conflicts predicated on…

From Democracy to Dictatorship?

The following blog is loosely based on Chapter I of my new non-fiction book The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship. A brief summary of the ascent of democracy and the descent of dictatorship in the public mind is given.  1. Democracy and Dictatorship Democracy used to have a bad name, dictatorship used to have a not so…

Dictatorship Blog: November 17 2015

While Americans who affiliate with groups like the Tea Party are vilified outside of the US, members of these movements do show an awareness of the difference between liberty and equality.

Voting and Electing Leaders is not Democratic

Voting leaders into office is not an attribute of democracy. Rather, democracy selects its office-holders by lot. In a democracy, power is completely diffuse. It is the purpose of this blog to show that democracy cannot be reached, even in theory, from current systems of government that are in place throughout much of the world. …

Representative Government: A Crock or What?

Democracy is all the buzz, isn’t it? All corners of the world must be democratized: that is the remedy to all manners of ills across the globe. So the story goes. It would be surprising to find anyone who would question the democratic ideal on principle. Yet, it must be wondered, is the democratic agenda an ethical or a wise one? Or is it even a ‘true’ agenda?