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Pragmatically, Democracy is electoral selection among rival political elites. It is better than having selection among rival political elites by raw force, but the reflection of the "will of the people" is an idealized aspiration of Democracy, not a concrete description of Democracy.

And reifying the idealization of Democracy obscures the fact that there is a constant struggle by an incumbent political establishment to narrow the range of available choice, which has to be constantly fought against by movements in civil society to maintain a broader range of available choice.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Dec 8th, 2010 at 12:38:13 PM EST
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