The perils of direct democracy

A ghost is haunting the world. Throughout many democratic systems based upon the representative model, one can easily find worrying signs of the establishment of its degenerate form: direct democracy. Since the beginning of this century an unfortunate combination of global shocks and internal crises of governance have exacerbated the latent conflicts already existing in developed societies. As a result, there has been understandable anger and/or lack of confidence vis-à-vis the political class.