Brexit and the new hostility to participatory democracy

Sparrow, Jeff
http://overland.org.au/2016/06/brexit-and-the-new-hostility-to-participatory-democracy/

Publisher:  Overland
Date Written:  25/06/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19542

The reaction to Brexit illustrates the desperate need for the Left to return to first principles. For, as the result broke on social media, a remarkable number of progressives directed their anger not at anti-immigrant demagogues and opportunist politicians but against the voters themselves and the very idea of a referendum in which they might express their will. It's merely the most recent illustration of a growing estrangement from democracy, not only on the mainstream Right but also on the Left.

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