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What You Should Know / July 13, 2011 -- Democracy has glaring defects. As various paradoxes of voting illustrate, there is no such thing as any coherent "will of the people." Government itself is more likely to supply the content of any supposed general will (Constant 1814, p. 179). Winston Churchill reputedly said, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." The ordinary voter knows that his vote will not be decisive and has little reason to waste time and effort becoming well informed anyway.

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