from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as plebiscitary.
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A plebiscitarian constituent assembly elected in a climate of intimidation and violence on the basis of principles of electoral law which will not reflect a federal and regional structure for the state is doomed to produce a centralized and totalitarian state which eliminates pluralism.
The upshot of this unfortunate exercise in plebiscitarian - as opposed to parliamentary - democracy will be an unjust treatment of all those who take part in the making of physical objects and a privileging of those who deliver services.
Gladstone's personal charisma and 'grand demagogy' created a 'Caesarist plebiscitarian element in politics … a dictatorship resting on the exploitation of mass emotionality' (ibid.p. 106).
That a political representative is required to share her ideas only with her electors, not with the whole nation as a homogeneous body, entails that representation is itself a denial of plebiscitarian and populist democracy (a homogeneous identification of the body politics with one leader).
Buxton among them-who strongly believe in plebiscitarian democracy; majorities rule no matter how large they are: a 50,1\% is enough to do whatever fits their whims, even oppressing the remaining 49,9\%.
Obama's own legal background, the makeup of his political team, and even some aspects of his own rhetoric are impediments on the path of allotting legitimacy to the plebiscitarian will, regardless of the appearance of consultations with people at the grass-root level (along the lines of