28 July 1995

Course in Political Miracles: Lesson 32

"I raise the world up from dictatorship."

My goal is not to create a new political majority and replace the dictatorship of the old majority by a dictatorship of a new majority. My goal is to raise the world above dictatorship altogether.

Political observers have noted that democracy (i.e., dictatorship by a majority of voters) always leads to deterioration of society as voters over time vote for ego-vested interests rather than sound and proven principles. Eventually everyone suffers.

History has shown that when democracies or republics deteriorate to the point where principles have been abandoned and reasonable life is sabotaged at nearly every turn, a call is made for strong-arm rule by a single powerful personality (king, dictator, emperor) and society sinks into rigid authoritarianism.

The only way out of this cycle is to abandon dictatorship by the majority as well as dictatorship by a minority and rise above dictatorship altogether, relying on the establishment of contractual relationships based on the principle of unrestricted individual property ownership and inviolate property rights.

Ayn Rand might have called such a voluntary contractual society "capitalism," in honor of the producers of goods and services who she considered to be the real foundation of any society. Unfortunately this is a dirty word in the minds of many because of industrialists and financiers who used state power to further their personal interests (a specifically non-capitalistic practice). These industrialists and financiers were statists, not capitalists.

The only form of society above and beyond dictatorship altogether is voluntarism ... meaning all associations, including the association of non-criminal individuals with government organizations, are voluntary.

As a freedom facilitator, my job is to keep in mind that democracy is a form of dictatorship that is not serving anyone's deepest and truest interests. What people really want and will eventually produce for themselves is not democracy, but voluntarism.

When I awaken each day this week, I devote a few minutes to visualizing a society which has progressed beyond the dictatorship of the majority which is democracy. I see a society based on contractual arrangements and inviolate property rights. I say aloud to myself:

"By the power of my mind, I am raising the world up from dictatorship."

During the day, I take time to say over and over to myself any statements which come to mind which reflect this week's idea. I say them until I begin to feel the truth of them within myself. Such statements might be something like:

"There is no longer any reason for some people to dictate to others. It is inevitable that democracy will be replaced by a volunteer society."

"Nothing is more immoral than 'majority rule'. I can see clearly that society will rise beyond such dictatorship."

"Political activity of the future will be based on rock solid principles and voluntary contracts ... not on votes."

As usual, I use the very end of the day for rejoicing and feeling good. I might tell myself something like:

"What a joy to create a political set-up that cannot be voted away!"

The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.

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