Winston Churchill famously pronounced that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” For political scientist James Miller, Churchill’s observation even holds true when democratic passions at times produce chaos, mob rule, and illiberal policies. In an era when an increasing number of people worldwide are questioning the benefits and merits of democratic systems, Miller’s essay antithetically champions keeping the democratic flame alive.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why populism can be good for the long-term democratic project and
- How democratic thought has evolved since the collapse of Athenian democracy.
About the Author
James Miller is professor of liberal studies and politics at the New School in New York, and the author of Can Democracy Work?