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Democratic View of Elite Theory
Elite Theories are regarded as undemocratic
democratic view of elite theory
elites internalize democratic values of tolerance and
freedom of speech
Irony of Democracy: It's a good thing that elites
rule; the masses would not practice
models of democracy: majoritarian &
- Let us
revise the Constitution with the exclusive
objective being to maximize majoritarian
democracy, which means redesigning institutional
- We are
transformed into "The People's Convention to Revise the
Constitution of the United States."
- Call to
the Constitution of the United States, as ratified and
adopted in 1788, contains many patently undemocratic
features that serve to block the operation of a
majoritarian model of government,
those assembled here are interested primarily in
increasing governmental responsiveness to the popular
- "we do
hereby convene as an august and sovereign body to
define, create, and otherwise establish a new set of
political institutions intended to maximize
governmental responsiveness to public opinion."
- By-Laws of
are limited to procedural desiderata: no
proposals that bear on the substance of
government policy will be considered.
must serve the intent of maximizing
are invited under these categories:
in the structure and powers of present national
should we change the presidency?
should we change the Congress?
should we do about the Supreme
in eligibility to vote?
in powers of the national and state government?
proposals must be accompanied by a reasoned argument
for its contribution to maximizing
arguments will be published in the Populist
Papers, which we will publish to help sell the new
majoritarian constitution to the American people.
proposals can be challenged from the floor as being
counter-revolutionary, if they do not actually promote