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Another way of thinking about this is that democracy is not always about majoritarianism, but consent and representation of relavent stakeholders. 1/
In the Scottish independence referendum, for example, it would not have been a valid electorate if English voters were given equal weight to Scottish voters. 2/
The relevant stakeholders varies from issue to issue. Sometimes it may be national, sometimes local, sometimes specific to the individual. 3/
Sometimes they are only well expressed on an international level. Existing political institutions will only ever approximate these and cannot account for every potential decision. 4/
An add on to this might be a written constitution, or a commonly understood set of boundaries for legitimate action of the state. 5/
This doesn’t get around all the problems, and still doesn’t resolve every conflict of interest of guarantee liberal outcomes in all situations. 6/
But it’s a reframing of the democratic question which I think is more in keeping with what the point of democracy is, and doesn’t do obviously lead to tensions with liberalism. 7/
And I think it’s important that liberals stress this, because politically if the battle is liberalism vs democracy, liberalism probably loses. End/
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