Democratic Minimalism Discussion Post

This week, we’re tackling a school of thought known as “democratic minimalism.” I’d be interested in hearing one or two ways that you think the minimalist picture of democracy resonates (or not) with your own personal experiences with democratic politics. (“my own personal experience is being Russian, please reflect on this when talking about personal experience with democratic politics”) Is the minimalist description of what it’s like to be a contemporary democratic citizen more or less correct? Or, do you think that minimalists’ are missing something important? If so, what?