How Liberal Democracy Is Bullshit

Terracotta bowl for mixing wine and water. 410–400 B.C. Obverse, bull being sacrificed

On the road from Athens, democracy fell off the oxcart. What we have left is just a pile of bullshit.

In Athenian democracy, if you were a rich dude from the right family, you could walk over to ‘Parliament’ and just sit there and rule. When it came time to fill important jobs, you usually put your own name in the box, a…



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at