The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen openly threatened the democratic will of the people of Italy should they choose to insult the accepted establishment parties by voting for their preferred choices. Von der Leyen insinuated that the EU might punish Italy in the same ways it has done with Poland or Hungary if the country were to snub the EU’s diktats. Tom Woods explains in his letter on LewRockwell.com (abridged):
To review: democracy means rule by a self-identified elite, or people endorsed by that elite.
I present to you the most recent example of this phenomenon, this one from Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.
She recently said, referring to Italy, “We’ll see if things go in a difficult direction — I have spoken of Hungary and Poland — we have tools.”
In other words: sorry, people, but if you vote for parties we dislike, we’ll sanction you. That’s “democracy”! (Of course, our elites don’t dislike left-wing parties no matter how much wreckage or destruction they cause.).
Oh, and incidentally, try to make sense of this: the sacred “people” are supposed to be capable of choosing among political candidates, but they are evidently incapable of choosing among ideas, which is why the federal government — which loves democracy, remember — spent the Covid panic suppressing dissident voices, generally through pressure on Big Tech (which was all too happy to go along).
From the Tom Woods Letter
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