The Democratic Ideal in Light of the Brexit

4 July 2016

The day after the “Brexit”-referendum, with a majority of 51.9% voting to leave the European Union, some speak of the success of democracy (“the people have spoken”). Already, there are calls for referenda in other countries to let the people speak there, too. This suggests that independently of our own opinion on the matter, we should be celebrating the referendum as an exercise of direct democracy. Is it worth celebrating, however?

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