Democracy is never a smart system of government, but it’s not always a meaningless formality. The elite always rule, but if there are two rival elites, the populace can be asked to choose between them. If there is one elite, meaning they are all agreed on wanting policy X, the populace may vote in a referendum for not X (~X), but the one elite will be in charge of implementing it, and one can be sure that they will do so in a way that makes ~X indistinguishable from X. If even this formal obedience is too wounding to their pride, they can keep repeating the vote until they get the answer they want. We have all noticed that Leftist victories are definitive while Rightist victories are never more than provisional.
Again, nobody’s saying that giving the masses a real choice is in general a good idea. Just that you’re also really screwed with rule by an evil elite.
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