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Democracy is kind of a weird thing.  This article discusses its oddities. 
Democracy cannot work without a fair level of political and social stability. This implies a certain amount of political apathy. Anything resembling fanaticism, a domination of the normal internal debate by "activists" is plainly to be deplored. And democracy must accept anomalies.

I had this idea that it would be useful for each citizen (especially these days) to come up with a list of actions which would be actually harmful to them (rather than distasteful) and then force political discussions to center on those things.  (article via Arts & Letters Daily)
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