inessential by Brent Simmons

Charlie on Democracy

Charlie Stross, in 2013: Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship:

So the future isn’t a boot stamping on a human face, forever. It’s a person in a beige business outfit advocating beige policies that nobody wants (but nobody can quite articulate a coherent alternative to) with a false mandate obtained by performing rituals of representative democracy that offer as much actual choice as a Stalinist one-party state.