Democracy presumes that everyone who votes has an equally well-informed opinion. Notwithstanding this rather obvious defect, it is the preferred system in a majority of countries around the world.

Clearly most citizens in most democratic countries have simply abandoned any hope of finding a better way to direct their affairs. They go through the charade of electing their leaders. Sometimes, such as with Brexit, they vote for an idea or a proposal. Perhaps in doing so they are merely giving expression to their perceived self-interest. Mostly, I suspect, they are ticking a box and then getting on with their lives as best they can.

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