The philosophy of the Enlightenment, which produced the freest, most moral country in history has completely given way to no discernable philosophy at all, or rather, perhaps, a philosophy of expediency at the moment to satisfy the needs of government. We are in a seeming rush toward tyranny, and few among us see clearly the pathway we are actually on—we’re too busy working two or three jobs to pay our taxes and enjoy the fruits of our labors. The twisted irony is that history has shown more often than not that a government without a strict philosophical premise of individual sovereignty simply doesn’t work, especially in the long run. Its practical result is to increase the size and scope of itself while reducing the liberty of its citizen it begets itself through rationalization and capitulation, justifying its means based upon others’ needs and glorifying self-sacrifice more and more as its needs require along the way. Given enough time, such a convoluted course results in tyranny, and such a philosophy (if such can be called that) is not the premise upon which this country was founded on-it is its antithesis. : Price of Sin, page10
If you ask most people what their underlying principle or philosophy of freedom is; I would be willing to wager that at least 9 out of 10 people would answer-democracy. We hear it constantly, whether it is the President explaining his foreign policy objectives or the rationalization of an outcome by where government officials of every ilk have raised taxes and diminished individual liberties; all of it done in the name of democracy. What is ignorantly mistaken is that democracy is not a philosophy of freedom; it is a political process and nothing more. And like all political processes, left unchecked, its progression is toward less individual rights.
In a truly moral society, where the right of property and life are held sacred by all, the need for government does not exist (see Robert Higgs’ article, If Men Were Angels). In theory it is possible for society to be organized along a philosophical line where by the political process of forming and electing the overseers of government is not necessary. The concept of democracy, or for that matter any political process, is never borne. Of course, not all men are moral, and government is organized to defend private property and life. The point is that freedom is not dependent upon democracy; democracy is a derivative of the philosophy of liberty when the elements of government are introduced.
It is point the Founders well understood; for they feared democratic rule as much as they feared the tyranny of the King. Today, it is a fear that has been morphed into a virtue; A virtue that now knows little bounds when it comes to the theft of property and the taking of life.
http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1982, If Men Were Angels