Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The End of History and the Last Man
If I snapped my fingers and got rid of all authorities, you'd be free (at least in one sense). For a few minutes, anyway, until new powers filled the vacuum.
If I understand this thing called 'liberal democracy,' it's a state with the least power required to limit petty authorities -- business owners, presidents of garden clubs -- (and rival states) from growing to entities capable of violating human rights.
Feedback from the majority allows the government to tune itself over time, and frames a claim to legitimate rule.