It used to be that under Western democracy power was an advantage over petty laws imposed on the common man. Unlike the rulers and their allies under the dictatorship, a high-level democratic ruler (politician but sometimes high-level bureaucrat) cannot commit murder or any other serious crime without punishment, but he can be involved in innumerable petty violations. The slight, annoying law that he imposes on others.
A democratic ruler can say, join an illegitimate birthday party or share an illegitimate meal. I’m talking about the epidemic “Partigate”, where the British Prime Minister has been fined for joining an illegal party and two Labor MPs are now being investigated for sharing an illegal meal ” Financial times, May 31, 2022). Being above the minor law was certainly a major political advantage and perhaps it still exists or, frankly, some thought it still existed.
The fact that the rulers are harassed by the law of harassment imposed on ordinary citizens fits well with the model of the state created by the anarchist-liberal, or perhaps anarchist-conservative, theorist Anthony de Jasser. In this model, political competition gradually diminishes the considerable advantage of the actual rulers. Politicians can exploit and propagate the violations of their competitors in order to win the support of voters. They realize that this is cutting off their future privilege, but they must play a competitive game – just as in the general market, a firm that lowers its price against a competitor knows that its benefits will be short-lived.
What is the last game? What happens when the considerable advantage of being a ruler is diminished by political competition? In de Jos’s model, democratic rulers will ultimately manage to cancel political competition.