popular rhetoric, democracy is not synonymous with freedom. Taking
something without permission is theft, but not when the majority goes
along with it and calls it taxation. Matters that should be of no
interest to any other person (e.g., what a person chooses to do with his
or her body) become matters of public policy when the majority says so.
The recipe is fairly straightforward. All you have to do is appoint
someone else to initiate force on your behalf, get enough people to pick
the same candidate, and then hide behind the waving banner of free and
open elections. The syllogism goes something like: The initiation of
force is wrong, so I cannot initiate force without punishment.
Democratic elections are good. I help to elect someone to public office,
then he or she initiates force on my behalf."