Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world
--Tears for Fears
We can take Prof Williams' observation a step further. Not only are democracy and liberty not the same, but they work against each other.
Democracy, defined as decisions made by majority rule, implies that those who can marshal a majority vote can trample on the liberties of those in the minority."Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual."— Larry Elder (@larryelder) August 24, 2019
--Walter Williams (@WE_Williams) pic.twitter.com/u5XjkJqPWt
The greater the reliance on political decisions using democratic process, the lower the liberty.
Our founding ancestors understood this negative relationship well.