Thursday, February 11, 2010

Letting Poor People Vote is Dangerous: A comment about the recently concluded Ukrainian elections...Ukraine's recent election witnessed the convergence of democracy's two greatest weaknesses - the tendency to fear strong individuals (Tymoshenko) and the tendency to vote for simple-minded people (Yanukovych). Poor people are capable of feats of bravery and revolution. They can storm the Bastille, overthrow the tsar or stage an Orange Revolution. But impoverished people are incapable of making sober decisions and voting responsibly in a popular election. And this, unfortunately, applies to Russia as well. In the unfair presidential election of 2000, Vladimir Putin emerged the winner.

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