“This extraordinary outpouring of contempt for the voting public is not simply a fit of rightwing pique. Rather, we can see that conservatives and a broader swathe of the political elite revealing some of their basic assumptions when put under pressure. To argue that democracy fails when it resists the imposition of fiscal austerity is simply to argue for our permanent subjection to the rule of property.
To equate the repeated rejection of ideological policy prescriptions with nihilism, populist insurrection, sadism and stupidity, or to say, as Tony Abbott did yesterday, that voters have elected new governments in a state of “absent-mindedness” strongly suggests a view that popular election is illegitimate when it returns the wrong result. In short, it shows how they think that we, individually and collectively, are not competent do determine our own interests, or the kind of community we want to live in. And this necessarily calls into question our right to make these decisions.”