Why modern representative democracy doesn’t work

Ok, here’s a classic example of why I hate contemporary representative democracy, and why it violates classical principles of good government.

For better or worse, the people of France voted in the Socialist government of Francois Hollande in the (albeit desperate) hope that an economically left-leaning government might be able to stimulate the economy and boost employment.

However, as so many other left-leaning governments have done before them – they’ve cynically taken the opportunity to introduce a controversial social reform without a popular mandate – in this case gay marriage and gay adoption.

A mandate to introduce economic reforms is not the same as a mandate to introduce radical social engineering.

Aristotle would not be amused.

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