Consider the following situations, in countries which held free and fair elections:
- In Iraq, the Sunni Muslim minority is in open rebellion against the duly elected government
- In Egypt, educated liberals protested the duly elected Muslim Brotherhood government, and the army staged a coup
- In Thailand, the middle class is protesting the duly elected populist government, and demanding government by an un-elected council
These facts expose a problem with one-man-one-vote democracy: It is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for a stable government.
America’s founders knew this. That’s why they provided for federalism, and constitutional checks and balances – so that majority rule did not degenerate into the tyranny of the majority. Other nations might have to learn that lesson the hard way.