Friday links! Will of the people edition

Problem solved.

Problem solved!

As Winston Churchill once remarked, democracy is the second-worst system of government, after security-state corporatocracy. The problem with the will of the people is that people are dumb. They’re especially dumb compared to your average NSA cryptographer, Fortune 500 CEO, US senator or anyone else who might reach a position to decide whether the governed should govern much themselves. But democracy never had a chance like this before. For the first time in human history, we can know the opinions of ordinary people from all over the world almost instantaneously. Today is Friday, and the will of the people is better known to us than ever. Won’t you marvel at its inanity with me?

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