Representative Government

from Ayn Rand : Representation without Autorization

The theory of representative government rests on the principle 
that a human is a rational being :
  • that he/she is able to perceive the facts of reality, 
  • to evaluate them, 
  • to form rational judgments, 
  • to make his/her own choices, 
  • to bear responsibility for the course of his/her life.
Politically, this principle is implemented by a person’s right 
to choose their own agents :
those whom he/she authorizes to represent him/her 
in the government of their country. 

To represent him/her, in this context, means 
to represent his/her views in terms of political principles. 
Thus the government of a free country derives its 
“just powers from the consent of the governed.”
As a corroboration of the link between man’s rational faculty and a representative form of government, observe that
  • those who are demonstrably or physiologically incapable of rational judgment cannot exercise the right to vote.
  • voting is a derivative, not a fundamental, right;
  • it is derived from the right to life, as a political implementation of the requirements of a rational being’s survival.
Children do not vote, because they have not acquired the knowledge necessary to form a rational judgment on political issues; neither do the feeble-minded or the insane, who have lost or never developed their rational faculty. 
However, the possession of a rational faculty does not guarantee that a person will use it, only that they are able to use it and are, therefore, responsible for their actions.

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