Actually one of the precepts of democracy (that's the concept, not the political party) is that government *is bad*, and is not a friend of the people. It's a necessary evil to live in a modern society.
In the true "textbook" model, the free market economy and the government are essentially 2 faces of a coin. The government's job is only to intrude upon the market when there are problems that can't be managed by the market alone.
That being said, even John Adams wrote at length on the "Tyranny of the Majority" and specific safeguards were put into place to counter that, and tribal mentality, mob rule, etc.
Anyway, real talk, no the stuff about "Apriori-stic Equality" is crap, populism, entitlements and corruption have eroded and severely undermined democracy in the US, and the very size, scope, and bureaucratic nature of government work against democracy.
Pure democracy is logistically unsound.
It assumes an educated, involved electorate. W're getting a voter turnout rate in the 30s in off year elections.
It also assumes that: If every voter prefers alternative X over alternative Y, then the group prefers X over Y.
AND: If every voter’s preference between X and Y remains unchanged, then the group’s preference between X and Y will also remain unchanged.
Democracy isn't perfect, even in the Framer's minds, but it was preferable to any other form of government.
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