Category Archives: Western democracies

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

We the disfranchised

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 08.36.47Dalrymple points out that in almost every Western democracy, many voters apprehend that

the political class (including its bureaucratic allies) has become more like a caste—a self-enclosed and self-perpetuating group of people that arrogates privileges to itself, through the enjoyment of which it insulates itself from the rest of the population, whose interests it has therefore no reason to share or understand.

The division between the political class and everyone else

is much greater than any factional divisions within the political class. Though we vote, we are disfranchised.

The main candidates in most Western elections fill decent, right-thinking people with ennui. They all

look the same: smooth-faced and without any discernible trace of individual character. None make jokes. They are earnest without being serious. I can’t bear to look at, let alone listen to, any of them.