I think you’ll enjoy the more modern ruminations on the topic by Charles Tilly then.
I’m not actually as cynical as made it appear, do I think our modern democracies are anywhere near fair or representative, I do not, however I do think we have gotten increasingly better at the veneer of civilization and our new laws are in most cases better than the old ones used to be and modern democracy has generally succeeded in getting the top 5% of people involved, instead of the 1% or even the .001% as it used to be in days of yore.
Yep, like I said the veneer of civilization and it has gotten increasingly better and more refined.
That would be institutional failure, it unfortunately happens from time to time and yes, anyone who knows me on these forums knows misses Merkel is hardly my favourite politician in Europe and I was hoping she would be gone, but the German public decided otherwise, unfortunately. On the other hand you do not have the psuedo-democracy where the Kaiser could just appoint whomever he wanted as chancellor and the input of the voters was no more than mere suggestion, so that would be progress even if that progress is still limited.
I won’t dispute this, why do you think I’m a democratic socialist at heart.
It is actually probably both as for the past ten years now our conservative governments have been publicly in favour of Europe while privately backing British opposition. Cameron’s inability to keep order in his own party and caucus ended that comfortable position for our conservatives where they could alternate and play between Britain and Germany against their center.
And that concern is legitimate as anyone who spoke a few words of Arabic and studied Lonely Planet’s Syria guide could claim to be a Syrian “refugee” and our authorities would eat it up like sweet cakes. I wish we really could have a vetting system like the US. As the main true nationalities of our Syrian refugees turned out to have been 1) Eritrean and 2) Albanian. In other words economic migrants, while I am not against economic migration we need clear laws and true enforcement of the labour codes and standards to deal with that.
Also as a small country we obviously cannot take each and every economic migrant who wants to come and we need to make our selection carefully.