Article: It's not just our leaders who are in a crisis. Democracy itself is failing

Major media outlets from the right to the left now concede the abject failure of democracy. Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor of the centre-left UK Sunday paper, "The Observer", titled an article, published in that paper on 20 November 2011, "It's not just our leaders who are in a crisis. Democracy itself is failing".

Excerpt: "The dispiriting reality is that the west, even as it has preached the virtues of western democracy to other countries, has been moved inexorably towards an ever more procedural and debased version of democracy. ... We abrogated our engagement in the democratic process to politicians who abrogated influence to an unaccountable system as part of a pact that saw us happy as long as we were relatively comfortable. With that arrangement breaking down, we discover we have given up more than we bargained for."
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