When Democracy Flourishes


(I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the August 1997 issue in which I recognized that republicanism was already lost, the vote was meaningless and being recognized as such, the middle class was being destroyed, the stock market — propped up by the Federal Reserve’s money printing and laws driving private money into the stock market via individual retirement accounts — was a bubble and that the evolution toward democracy would spur legislation sanctioning and promoting depraved behaviors.)

Most of you are already informed enough to know that the American nation was founded as a republic, not a democracy. A republic is a limited, representative, participatory government. A republic is the almost natural result of public order built upon the individual, the family, the Church, and business and many, many private associations and relations. Democracy is not necessarily a representative government, but it is an illusory participatory government. People tend to think that democracy is evolved or modern republicanism. Democracy is truly a veil for a wicked government that places all matters, including personal and private ones, into the public view, for public legislation.

In a democracy, the vote becomes the single, all-important symbol of citizen participation in government. The brilliant Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, described in his Democracy in America, the danger facing all Americans should they become deceived into believing that their mere, sole vote constituted all the duties of a good citizen. He warned that when this development came about, we should become slaves to the real, elitist and plutocratic powers operating behind the veil of democracy. The problem was obvious more than 150 years ago, when Tocqueville wrote his book.

Democracy flourishes where the hard-working, creative middle class perishes, or is not allowed to develop. Its days, however, are numbered. For many reasons, the individual vote today is actually meaningless. So few people vote today that the illusion is breaking down. Some folks say I am a pessimist, but here you see that I am really an optimist. The middle class is opting out of the illusory democratic system. As a result, they are being herded into supporting the paper money system, which is less and less reliant on the dollar and more and more reliant on the stock market. This too shall pass.

Personal Liberty

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Warrior

    And the “busy people” just go along their merry ways writing new “rules” to maintain the “herd”. And to think that the Constitution was written to “limit” the “busy people”. Oh my, just can’t stop “progress”. And the wheels on the bus go round and round. BACKWARD! Oops, FORWARD!

  • question_er

    Bob, while I agree with all your observations, I get the feeling I only read half an article. Knowing what you (we) know, where do we go? What is Dr. Livingston’s prescription to America? I believe a concerted effort to repeal the 17th Amendment would be a major step away from democracy and back to a republic.

    • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear question_er,

      You write: “I get the feeling I only read half an article.” Much less than half.

      You write: “What is Dr. Livingston’s prescription to America? I believe a concerted effort to repeal the 17th Amendment would be a major step away from democracy and back to a republic.” In a Pollyanna-ish world, the prescription is to reduce the size of Federal government to its Constitutional parameters: eliminate unConstitutional government agencies, end foreign wars, repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments, end welfare of all kinds (personal and corporate), end the income tax, return to sound money, eliminate the Federal Reserve, etc. However, there is no chance of this ever occurring. We are headed toward an inevitable crash of the economic and likely the political system. It will get ugly. It may be soon, or it may be several years down the road. There will be starvation and violence, possibly a revolution or civil war. Once we endure the storm we will come out on the other side with a return to Constitutional government. My prescription is be prepared for survival during this time with food, water and ammo stored and gold and silver on hand for money and trade. It’s also a good idea to store items for barter: cigarettes, liquor, toilet paper, etc.

      Best wishes,

  • Nancy

    The last two national elections were stolen discovered by accident in California through a local election that was also stolen. An updated video showing the local and national evidence will chill you. Our votes no longer matter as they are manipulated by dishonest elections officers and politicians who don’t mind cheating to get into and hold office. Voter ID is an absolute must for the next election or we will have lost any ability of holding our government accountable for anything. Don’t listen to the pundits who tell you what to think about the last two elections. They either don’t know or they don’t want to face the enormity of the problem.
    Look for www,stopvoterfraud.info later this summer for how your vote is stolen across the country.

  • vicki

    Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner.

    This video will help with your understanding of the problem. It discusses several types of government including democracy and what our founders felt about democracy. It’s only about 10 min long and well worth watching.