Odds and Ends
Like in the olden days
11 3, 3:38am
Democracy 'American style' recognizes that there's more to effective governance than simple majoritarianism. We're a big country (even back in the 1700s we were huge compared to the typical European country, and we've only gotten larger since), and it would be too easy for concentrated majorities in one area to rule in their own self-interest without regard to everyone else out there. So our founders implemented a system that rewarded breadth of support in addition to popular support, and it has served us very well.
And while we certainly have our flaws, you can't take the Economist too seriously...between Trump and Brexit they've had several sharp knocks to the head recently, and aren't really themselves at the moment. We're hopeful they will make a full recovery someday, though.