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20

Nov

2016

Mass protests do not equal democracy

Author: Jim Taylor

In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, everyone seems to agree that democracy is broken and needs to be fixed.

            The system is broken, yes. But what I see people doing to fix it isn’t fixing it.

            Democracy does not consist of removing unpopular politicians by mass protests. Nor is democracy a succession of referenda, on everything from declaring war to naming a ship.

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