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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:
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.

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