This may be the worst article I've read in years. It's so bad it's worth quoting at some length.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 49582.html
Democracies in general need to do more to put their fiscal houses in order. Democracy may be the worst form of government apart from all the others. But over recent decades it has become sloppy and self-indulgent, overloaded with obligations and distorted by special interests. And it has become sloppy and self-indulgent at a time when the Chinese have produced an alternative model that is becoming increasingly attractive to people across the developing world from Beijing to Brasilia.
Sensible democracies are also experimenting with similar policies to stop politicians from bribing their electorates, and current voters from robbing future generations. Giving control of monetary policy to independent central banks reduced inflation rates in the West from 20 per cent or more in the 1980s to almost nothing today. Giving control of fiscal policy to independent commissions could help to bring entitlements under control. The Swedes have already done this: in the 1990s, they rescued their country from financial crisis in part by pledging to balance their budgets over the economic cycle and employing a group of senior politicians to produce a blueprint for a sustainable pension system. The Americans, alas, tried and failed. The (Alan) Simpson and (Erskine) Bowles commission – which included politicians from both parties and recommended reforming the tax code to reduce basic rates but also eliminate or cut various exemptions such as the mortgage-interest deduction – provided the best chance of restoring fiscal sanity in years. Let us hope its failure will spur further action in the future.
The solution to this problem is not to give up on democracy but to revive and retool it. This will take the form of tying our hands a little so that we cannot squander our children's inheritances. And it will take the form of making more efforts to reform institutions such as the ones in Brussels that have become self-indulgent and lazy. It is time for the people to stop railing at our collective institutions and start fixing them.
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'We have to kill democracy to save democracy'. Astonishingly misanthropic hard-right nonsense, given house room by a liberal paper. And of course the authors are big fans of racist murderer Nanendra Modi. Really hard to fathom why apparently serious commentators think they can play the 'excess of democracy
' card in 2014, after 30-odd years of neoliberal governments seeking new ways to insulate the market from popular pressure. If you're looking for a textbook example of how not to respond to the rise of the far-right, this would be it. Far-right parties are in the ascendant because technocratic governments are experiencing a crisis of authority. Everything about this argument is arse-about-face.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.