The world of "Gideon" is kind of "pure". Let's assume that it is a moral world into which all liberals should ambition to arrive. However, the first question we have to ask, is whether that world of liberal elites represent the "demos". It is quite clear that a definition of liberal democracy implies liberal constraints to the "demos". The problem is that in current times in most western democracies you can perceive a rebellion of the demos against the power of liberal elites. Cristopher Lasch announced that development several decades ago. Now we are in it. Sorry Gideon. Your world is very human and very moral, but the "majorities" are getting sick of it for one single reason. One thing is to accept that minorities have a right to express themsleves.Another thing is that minorities should impose their case to majorities protected by the power of liberal elites.
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from the article: Democracy – a concept Lieberman has yet to grasp