|The visitors' record here is among the most amazing
documents we encounter each year. Here we see "Vive le Roi et les
Vendéens" -- "Long live the King and the Vendéens". France today is
a democratic republic, with leaders elected and dismissed by direct
popular vote. Some would deeply desire the return to hereditary
monarchy, best for those privileged to understand the real needs of the
nation. Others would deeply desire at least an indirect vote, more
favorable to the better advantaged. For the moment this 5th Republic
votes directly for its leaders, one vote, one person -- poor or rich.
No one who knows the history of democracy is convinced that this is the way things must be. I say this just as a point of reflection: Only the most cruel of dictatorships is more fragile than direct democracy. Thus far in human history, neither has endured very long.
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