Managing the Masses from Above is a Dangerous Game

Worry about mob rule moved our founders to invent the electoral college fraught with many democracy preventing faults. In the time since then, we have seen a gradual perfection of the Big Brother state, run from behind the curtain by corporation owning oligarchs and their henchmen from a political establishment. In the 2016 Democratic Primaries we saw their machinations unfold with impudence. In an open letter to the superdelegates, one man who grew up in the Soviet Union warns us of the dangers of such condescending steering from above.

Shortly before the opening of the Convention, I heard a disgruntled talk show listener call superdelegates a “politburo.” Watching this grandiose spectacle, I had an eerie feeling. I have seen this show before: the speeches, the fanfare, the party unity, the angry alienated masses in the streets. Mike Bloomberg quipped about Donald Trump: “I know a con when I see one.” I too want to keep cons away from power. But I have also seen my share of politburos on both sides of the Atlantic. I grew up under a politburo. I know a politburo when I see one. And I am familiar with the road paved with its good intentions.

This quote is but a tiny sample of an article so astute, profound, brilliantly worded, and well balanced (like nothing I expected from the title), that if I had a spot on a wall to frame and hang an essay, this would be it. Not only every superdelegate, but every citizen, should mull over the sentiments here put forth. I strongly recommend reading the linked article.


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