The Millenarian Midterm

Mike Coté

Mike Coté is a writer and podcaster focusing on history, Great Power rivalry, and geopolitics. He has a Master’s degree in European history, writing his thesis on the Anglo-German economic and strategic rivalry before World War I. He blogs at his own site, hosts the Rational Policy podcast, and can be found on Twitter @ratlpolicy.

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  1. Chip Daniels
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    The better title of this essay would be “It Can’t Happen Here”.

    Its amazing how after documenting how leading voices in the Republican party are eager to destroy democracy and install a dictatorship, the author concludes by telling us that “our democracy is strong’.

    No evidence for this assertion is presented. It’s just tossed out like some self-evident truth, y’know, just the thing that everyone knows and it would be silly to even question.

    Yet even a casual glance at American history shows that for nearly all of its history, democracy in America was limited to a minority of its people.
    America was a place where in large swaths of the country, the political desires of the majority of people were overruled by a minority, and a place where a woman had no control over her reproduction and could be jailed for getting an abortion.

    But somehow we are to think that this can’t happen again. Even though is already has.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Chip Daniels
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      As I noted elsewhere in Mississippi the slate of candidates we have to choose from is dictated by the 11% of voters who bothered to go to the polls in the primaries. So yes, its definitely happening here.Report

      • Pinky in reply to Philip H
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        Define “it”. If “it” doesn’t include barriers to 89% of the voters, then explain why “it” is dangerous. Also, compare the “it” of your comment to Chip’s “it”.Report

        • Philip H in reply to Pinky
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          America was a place where in large swaths of the country, the political desires of the majority of people were overruled by a minority, and a place where a woman had no control over her reproduction and could be jailed for getting an abortion.

          But somehow we are to think that this can’t happen again. Even though is already has.

          .

          11% participation in primaries means minority rule. So yes, “IT” is happening here.Report

          • Pinky in reply to Philip H
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            Come on, that’s silly. That’s like saying we don’t have free speech in this country because only 20 people post on this site.Report

            • Pinky in reply to Pinky
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              In case that’s too subtle, let’s break this down. 89% of the voters didn’t show up. 11% did. You have to make two assumptions in order to arrive at the notion that the majority was overruled by the minority: that the 11% don’t agree with the 89%, and that they used force, trickery, or some other means to have their opinions count and their opponents’ opinions ignored.Report

            • Philip H in reply to Pinky
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              The voting public – on both sides – have largely been persuaded not to vote, when outright barrier are not placed in their way. Its a major reason that the GOP is entirely comfortable with Dobbs, even though a majority of their own voters actually oppose outright bans on abortion.

              When 11% of your fellow citizens select who you get to vote for, you are voting on their preferences and policy issues, not your own.Report

      • Chip Daniels in reply to Philip H
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        A better example might be Wisconsin where regularly, a majority of the citizens vote for Democrats but somehow Republicans hold the majority of the legislative seats.

        Democrats can win at-large statewide offices, but the legislature is engineered to produce only Republican victories.Report

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