Saturday, September 16, 2006

Modern representative democracy isn’t about making law the outcome of discussion. It is not about modeling politics on the academic seminar. It is about forcing officials to stand for election at short intervals, and about letting ordinary people express their political preferences without having to defend them in debate with their intellectual superiors.
No. Modern representative democracy is about acknowledging that we can never be certain who is ordinary, who is superior, whom we can trust, and under what circumstances we can trust them.
Somebody found that post on Google and I reread it. I can and have respected religious fundamentalists, communists, businessmen, thugs, con men and murderers. But there is a certain kind of arrogance that I want to see bloodied and broken, intellectually emotionally, physically.

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