“Democracy has changed. It was initially intended to serve as a means for the people to participate in public life by appointing representatives. It has instead become a means for these representatives to acquire popular legitimacy for the power which they alone hold. The people are not governing through representatives: it is electing representatives who govern by themselves. Who is representing what? The very notion of ‘representation’ is in crisis.”
▪ Alain de Benoist, The Problem of Democracy (Arktos, 2011) extract from page 76.