American Democracy Is Only 55 Years Old

That’s why it’s so messed up now. You’re young
5 min readNov 24, 2020


Some white guy meeting America’s founders

Americans want to know what the fuck is going on? I understand, but this is the wrong question. The most important question is when. Americans think they are 225 years old when in fact they are only 55. This is why you can’t handle your electoral alcohol. Democratically speaking, you’re children.

You’re obviously wasted. Just lie down in the bathtub and try to understand.

When am I?

American democracy was not founded in 1776. I know your mythology says this, but please think for a minute. At that time only 6% of the population could vote. Enslaving Greeks and Romans would be like 👍🏽, but those are two-thousand year old pedophiles. No one would call this a modern democracy.

American democracy was actually founded by black people in 1965. One person, one vote. 56 other countries (including Sri Lanka) had universal suffrage first. We also fucking suffered after, which is what America is experiencing now.

Democracy is the worst form of government (besides all the others) and it’s especially messy during the teenage years. Which is where you are now. Consider this a rhetorical mixtape from an elder cousin.

Where am I?

When you first get a proper democracy everyone is uncomfortable. The elites are like ewww, common people. The common people are like ewww, other races Paradoxically, the most uncomfortable people seem to be the majority.

Every majority voter in a democracy faces a dilemma. What if we just fuck everyone else over? Some politician always tries it and it almost always explodes. Sometimes the politician explodes. Race is like the crystal meth of politics. It’s the fastest way to get high, but also makes your teeth fall out.

When Sri Lanka was a young democracy we were like ‘fuck Tamils’ which worked for a while (government jobs, yay) but then Tamils were like ‘fuck you’ and we fought for 30 years. Which was horrible. Racism has a long fuse on it, but when it blows it blows.

You can see this play out all over the world. Bumiputera policies in Malaysia. Hindutva in India today. That sweet, sweet electoral…



Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at, or just email me at