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Is Democracy Overrated? Q&A with Columnist David Harsanyi

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"I think the Founders weren't wary enough of democracy," says David Harsanyi, senior editor at The Federalist and a nationally syndicated columnist (read his Reason archive). "I think there are bigger problems with it."

Harsanyi sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss his laest book, The People Have Spoken and They Are Wrong: The Case Against Democracy, why we put too much weight on voting, and why praising democracy is just celebrating mob rule.  

"Democracy is just a process that reflects the morals and ethics of the people who vote," he said. "It doesn't guarantee you freedom—just check out the Gaza Strip or Egypt or anywhere else."

About nine minutes.

Edited by Amanda Winkler. Camera by Joshua Swain and Winkler. 

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