A crisis in liberal democracy was inevitable when our political system was revealed as unable to deal with the financial crisis. The financial crisis was ignored, because our government underestimated hwo connected economies were in a globalised world. The democratic crisis is being ignored for the same reason.
A crisis in (neo) liberal democracy is way easier to fix than a full on democratic crisis. The tool with which the ‘message’ is managed lost its sway. The US and Greece are providing a fast forward viewers understand in the context of what is happening right now, the ability to nudge Tesco into acting as moral arbiter for government policy was also interesting. Only power held as a consumer, in a democracy is not comforting, but useful. In the absence of any credible opposition, people didn’t make their own yet, but they stopped believing in the system. Strange strange times.