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p. 373. Democracylocked

  • David Miller


‘Democracy’ explains how from the mid-nineteenth century the case for constituting political authority democratically gathered momentum, raising the question: What role should the people as a whole play in government? Democracy requires that people take an interest in issues that are often complex and seemingly remote from their daily lives. It can be hard to resist those that tell us we are better off leaving political decisions to those we have chosen to represent us. But unless we resist, and hold fast to the idea that political authority must rest with the whole body of citizens, we will end up, as Locke warned, being devoured by the lions who rule us.

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