Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The real case against direct democracy

This month's copy of State Legislatures, a publication of the National Conference of State Legislatures, has an interesting piece about the unintended consequences of the direct democracy, initiative process.

While the piece is by lefty-loon, CSU professor John Strayer, it makes a strong argument against the myth of the "sacred will of the people". The central argument of the pro-initiative crowd comes from the often cited Latin saying "vox populi, vox Dei" (trans.: the voice of the people is the voice of God.) by Anglo-Saxon scholar Alcuin of York.

"The voice of the people is not the voice of God, for the voice of the people sent Jesus to the cross." - Grove Johnson.

Read more about Grove Johnson from the History News Network here.

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