As a current student at George Mason, I would first like to say it's an honour to have a distinguished professor such as yourself here at the University. However, I believe that you fail to address a significant point in your articel; government corruption and corpoate lobbyists. I understand your arguments against direct democracy regarding the tyranny of the majority and the idea that the 51% can vote away the rights of the 49%. On paper, a republican form of government solves for this, yet, in reality, it's much worse. In reality, as we see here in the U.S today, corporate lobbyists have influenced our politicans in a way where the interests of a small group of elites takes precedence over the common good.