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    A vox pop on Today just said something that I suspect speaks for a lot: “after all this, I’m never voting again”. I wonder if we’re going to encounter a deeper, more volatile version of what Peter Mair addresses in Ruling the Void.

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    Will Davies

    Mair’s book (like Crouch’s post-democracy) described a broadly pre-2008 world of Blairite triangulation, tv-oriented politics, political marketing, all producing a sense that politics is something that only specialists do.

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    Will Davies

    A post-2016 version (encompassing YouTube, facebook, start-up parties, celebrity non-politicians, far-right freedom fighters) would have to contend with a much more dangerous proposition that, for many people, ‘democracy’ is a complete fiction from top to bottom.

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    Will Davies

    A 2nd referendum may turn out to be necessary but will surely accelerate that tendency.

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    Will Davies

  2. Seems very plausible. I wonder how much this proposition rests on a consumerism-fed confusion in people's minds between "democracy" and"getting what you want"

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    Tom Stafford

  3. I’m suggesting something a bit more dangerous than that - that people think democracy is a sham, which the media are also in on

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    Will Davies

  4. I hear you. I'm suggesting a contributing factor: if you think democracy = I get what I want/vote/pay for then it is easier to see our current democracy as a sham (where manifestly nobody is getting what they want)

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    Tom Stafford