Rule of the Right-Thinking

Another Theodore Dalrymple column on the Brexit parody appeared in City Journal.

In other words, true democracy is the rule of the right-thinking, and the purpose of a referendum anywhere in Europe is—as it was under Napoleon III—to provide legitimation for a decision that has already been taken. By comparison with those who have attempted, and are still attempting, to obstruct Brexit in Britain, General Augusto Pinochet—the late Chilean dictator—was a democrat. When he lost a plebiscite, he stood down.

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