Here the People Rule: A Toolbook for Reforming Democracy

Here the People Rule: A Toolbook for Reforming Democracy

Here the People Rule: A Toolbook for Reforming Democracy

Here the People Rule: A Toolbook for Reforming Democracy

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You have been stripped of every privilege your forefathers left you except your ballots, and by them, you who once chose your defenders now choose your masters .

--Speech by Licinius Macer to the Roman People

Americans and citizens of most other western democracies are great antiquarians. Their respect for ancient things has helped preserve forests, cathedrals, and battlefields. It has also stopped the clock on the way these countries govern themselves. Democracies of today are antiques from the era of buggies and horsewhips. Much of the credit for this remarkable effort at conservation goes to politicians. They put effort into convincing their subjects that tradition and stability are important. This constant message gives voters reason to pause before tampering with their creaky old way of running things.

The public's hesitation to renovate democracy may cost it dearly. Governments spend between thirty and fifty percent of the wealth that western countries produce. This percentage is five times greater than it was at the turn of the century. The checks . . .

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