… as democracy goes on its horizons are increasingly limited to the individual and the state—the individual as the reason and justification of all social life, and the state as the ultimate horizon of human experience and life, accountable and subordinate to nothing beyond it. Hence why ‘government is just the word we use for things we do together’ is thought to be just common sense, and why politics is considered to be *the* vehicle for human flourishing. Everything is politics, because politics is the final horizon that shapes the conditions for individual liberty…
As a consequence increasingly democracy actively seeks to form people as little more than worker-bees, consumers, and pleasure seekers and begins to use its authority to marginalize and harass those groups that seek to create a social life that catechizes people into a different vision of the good life based on different metaphysics.
I think the commentor accurately describes how the history of democracy has unfolded in practice. But he takes it a step further and argues that this is how democracy works intrinsically: a democracy will always devolve into hedonism, collectivism, and the politicization of everything.
Given the vicissitudes of history I doubt that, and there are counter examples: a Benedictine monastery is democratic: leaders are voted in by the members of the community, and they govern according to the Rule, but no one would argue that a monastery inevitably devolves into hedonism, or starts interpreting its own politics as the primary means of human flourishing and bullying members who want to serve a greater good.
Democracy is not the only way to arrange the nation, and nation states are not the only way to arrange the world: we could revert to feudalism or Empire and we would just be exchanging one set of problems for another. Or we could say “fuck it, less all starve to death” and finally give international socialism a try. The critics of democracy on the alt-right don’t have any solutions except an absurdly stupid crush on Vladimir Putin (if you are going to worship power, at least worship real power, not the tin-pot dictator of a no-longer great nation teetering on the edge of a demographic death-spiral).
The problem with replacing democracy and the nation state is that the only other serious option out there is the attempt to sneakily replace them in all but name with an unaccountable bureaucratic class (Progressivism = rule by self-proclaimed experts) and that strikes me as the worst possible model: dishonest, naive, and transparently selfish to all but its advocates.