‘Democracy’ by and for the Elites

President Biden’s September 1 speech in Philadelphia on “unity” is a poignant example of the confusion surrounding the concept of democracy. Mr. Biden stated that MAGA Republicans are threatening “the very foundations of our republic.” The phrase “threat to American democracy” is so commonplace these days that it has little meaning – other than to sum up the dominant ideology of our time, an ideology so ubiquitous that it almost goes unnoticed. It’s like the air we breathe.

I call it democracy. It is an imaginative and idealistic understanding of popular rule that despises ordinary people and relies on a cadre of so-called experts to wield the levers of power. Under this ideology, “democracy” and “the people” are rhetorical cloaks for the will of the elites. Think of the censorship of misinformation on social media in the name of “supporting democracy” and “respecting free speech”. How is it that censorship passes for freedom of expression?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/democracy-by-and-for-the-elites-biden-wilson-jefferson-democratist-popular-rule-threat-america-tocqueville-11664114737 ‘Democracy’ by and for the Elites

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