In Britain, a majority of voters chose to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. In the Netherlands, a majority of voters rejected an association treaty between Ukraine and the European Union. In the United States, people chose Donald Trump as their 45th President.
These three cases have something in common; each of these outcomes are the result of a democratic process. Their outcome is the will of the majority of the people, and should be respected. We could stop right there. But by doing so, we would not only embrace the idea that the majority governs our society, but also reject the possibility that our democracies are so much more than just casting a vote.
But hold on — these three cases have more in common. (more…)