Mmusi Maimane is a South African politician, businessman, and former leader of South Africa’s opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA).
While I am of the opinion that democracy can work with, perhaps, some degree of efficiency when kept localised (such as within a community), it becomes increasingly totalitarian the more it is upscaled. The reason is because a Democracy (with an uppercase ‘D’) is a public government while, for example, a monarchy is a private government. (I’ll take a private government, over a public government, any day.) A worthwhile read on this topic is Hans-Herman Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed.
Since the start of the Covid pseudopandemic, consider how many “democratic” countries followed the will of the people.
None. Not one. Nada.
Every single “democratic” government locked millions of citizens inside their homes, using the strong arm of the law to force mass compliance and obedience, and used the media to spread endless propaganda and fearmongering just like in a communist state.
Mmusi’s leadership of the DA was, in my view, not very strong. In fact, under him, the DA lost seats in Parliament for the first time since the party was formed. That said, he was young and inexperienced, and was pushed into a position for which he wasn’t ready.
His views have since matured, and his argument for direct elections is certainly a better one.
I’m still not bowled over, but it’s a step in the right direction.