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When Democracy Fails to Deliver

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Establishments have agendas they do not regard as subject to electoral repudiation or repeal. Defeated, they use their non-electoral powers to prevent unwanted policies from ever being implemented. Call it limited democracy. The left's power over America's character- and culture-forming institutions remains overwhelming. People who see the policies they have voted for rejected again and again, by the very elites they defeated, will inevitably turn to other means to preserve what they have.