Case for parliamentary democracy lies in alternance in power

It is not about the wisdom of crowds or their choices, Dalrymple reminds us. He writes:

It is better that those in power should not get their feet under the table for too long, even if the people who will replace them are no better.

If it is argued

that they are all the same, these competitors for power in Western democracies, and that there is therefore nothing to choose between them, it is still well to remember that a cartel is preferable to a monopoly.

Országház, Budapest. Imre Steindl, 1904

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