Quillette magazine is always thought provoking and what good would a thought provoking publication be if you didn’t disagree with it from time to time?
Here’s a piece from Quillette defending representative democracy and criticizing the populist urge as undermining it. It is well written and I agree with the basic premise about the virtues of representative government, so the article does not deserve my censure. However the crooked timber spirit suggests that humanity is incapable of devising anything perfectly straight, and that goes not only for representative democracy but for arguments about it as well. So in that spirit I offer some healthy criticism.
First, read the article. The author makes the argument that representative democracy is a superior form of government and that there is nothing wrong with it that cannot be fixed, if you will, from the inside, through the workings of representative government. Is that so?
In theory, a qualified yes. In practice, a qualified no.