The bedrock principle of representative government is that “the people” do not decide issues, they decide who shall decide. And once a legislature sloughs off responsibility and resorts to a referendum on the dubious premise that the simple way to find out what people want is to ask them, it is difficult to avoid recurring episodes of plebiscitary democracy.
January 13, 2019
George Will on representative government v. plebiscitary democracy
George Will, in a January 11, 2019 WaPo column on the messy aftermath of the UK's 2016 Brexit vote: