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The Greek 'No' vote was hardly a victory for democracyDespite what many are saying – especially those who do not have to bear the consequences of their words – Greek voters' rejection on Sunday of the latest bailout offer from their country's creditors did not represent a "victory for democracy". It is not ordinarily a matter of referendum.Was the position of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras so weak that he had no better choice than to pass the buck to his people by resorting to the extraordinary form of democracy that is democracy by referendum?Instead, Greece got a hastily arranged referendum.With his puerile call to shift the burden of his own errors and his reluctance to reform onto the shoulders of Greece's fellow Europeans, Tsipras is leaning toward the latter manifestation – and promoting the worst version of Greek politics.Tsipras might defend his approach to the referendum by asserting that his goal was not so much to sound out the people as to reinforce his position in the confrontation with Greece's creditors.
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