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Domhnall O'Sullivan, Expertise: politics, (direct) democracy, foreign affairs, culture. Initials: dos

Is it a good idea for citizens to vote on national security issues?

On September 27, Swiss voters will decide whether or not the air force can buy new fighter jets for CHF6 billion. If the idea is rejected, army representatives say the credibility and viability of the country’s air defense system will be thrown into doubt.

No other country offers its citizens such direct input into military decision-making: is this a democratic privilege or a danger to national security? Should there be limits on the scope of direct democracy? Let us know what you think below.