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David Harsanyi
David Harsanyi
Author, “The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong)"

How democracy is killing America

U.S. President Barack Obama waves during a visit to Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida, March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

"Democracy,” according to the masses at Wikipedia, “is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally — either directly or through elected representatives — in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.” This is more or less the standard portrayal of democracy, one that most Americans (at least those who spend much time pondering these sorts of issues) would accept as true. Half of this definition is unqualified gibberish and the other half, while true, is a decidedly dangerous truth. For starters, “democracy,” as embedded in our national consciousness, functions under an array of fictions.