In this age of government distrust, the voter referendum appears to be the ultimate democratic fantasy come true: Government by the people, for the people, without any interference by politicians, special interests, or other denizens of the American political system. But referenda in the past couple of years call into question the wisdom of placing legislation directly before the voting public for approval.
Plucker, Jonathan A., "Tyranny of the Many" (1996). General University of Maine Publications. 1799.
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