Many who criticize us Reactionaries and Monarchists claim that our system of government is outdate. While it is true that Monarchy is quite old, democracy itself is also quite old. Both democracy and republicanism were tried centuries ago in Greece, and later in Rome. To be fair, they were quite a bit different then what we have today, but nonetheless were the forerunners of modern systems. In the following piece I am going to lay out a historical event that shows the dangers of rule by the people and how it threatened Western Civilization.
In the late 6th century BC, early 5th century, the Persian Achaemenid Empire was at its peak under Darius I. Several of the Greek regions in Asia Minor were under the control of Persia. Up until this point the Greek mainland was off the radar for Darius, who didn’t pose a threat to cities such as Sparta or Athens. Furthermore, Persia was known for its tolerance in rule. It allowed local cultures to keep their religions/traditions and even rulers as long as they bowed to the Persian Emperor.
However, things took a different turn at around 499 BC. The Greek region of Ionia banded together and lead a revolt against the Persian rule. A man named Aristagoras (the deputy governor of Miletus) was the man behind this revolt. Prior to the revolt, Aristagoras sought allies from several places, most notably Sparta and Athens.
This is were our case against Democracy comes into play. Aristagoras first appealed to the Spartan king, Cleomenes I. Cleomenes asked how far he would have to march to defeat this foe, but when he discover that the capital of Persia was a three month journey he declined the offer. Next Aristagoras went to Athens, which at this time was a democracy. He appealed to the people of Athens reminding them that the Ionian Greeks were decedents of Athens. Of course, the masses being emotional and easily persuaded, voted to support the Ionian revolt.
Because of this mistake on behalf of Athens, Darius turned his gaze on them and mainland Greece and it sparked off the Grecco-Perisan Wars. It shows the difference between the decision of a single King for what is best for his people, verses the emotional and many times stupid decision of the masses.
Another quick example: When Persia began to island hop its way to the Greece mainland it went from city to city, burning it and enslaved anyone who had supported the Ionian revolt. Eretria was once such city. Before the Persians arrived the Aristocracy wanted to defend the city but the democrats wanted to let the Persians come, believing that if they didn’t resist the Persians would show mercy. They ended up listening to the democrats and guess what? Persia burned their city and took all the population and transported them back to Persia to be slaves.
These are the fruits of Democracy folks. These are the results of decisions made, not by Royal Races, but by demagogues.