From the May/June, 2016 issue of Touchstone
Flailing Democracy by James Hithccock

Commentary

Flailing Democracy

Left-Right Populism versus American Elitism

The principal conservative argument against democracy is the claim that "the people"—ill-educated, vulnerable to mere emotion, susceptible to demagoguery—cannot be trusted. A well-governed state must depend on some kind of aristocracy to rise above such fatal weaknesses.

The flaw in that classical argument was identified by Winston Churchill in his paradoxical comment that "democracy is the worst of all systems, except for the others." History does not show that mo . . .


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