"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Compared to the alternatives, democracy is the best we've got. But let's not kid ourselves: It can be ugly.
Sir Winston Churchill
And as the wave of support for Donald Trump and the just-completed Brexit campaign where British voters decided to leave the European Union prove, a vote driven by thinly-researched, read or understood populist sentiment carries just as much weight as a well-considered, thoughtfully debated one. No one ever said the masses had to give their ballot much cogent thought.
Still, we could be living in North Korea, so perhaps not all is lost.