The musical “Hamilton” has been running on Broadway for over a year. The story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of America, is a real hit with the public. But one of his most important lessons has been forgotten by citizens on both sides of the Atlantic: Pure democracy would be the perfect form of government if it were practical. Experience shows, however, that nothing is more mistaken than this.
It’s no coincidence that both Mr. Hamilton and before him British philosopher and politician Edmund Burke had an extremely skeptical attitude toward referendums such as we have just experienced in Britain with the Brexit. Instead, they advocated representative democracy.