And just as there is a best size for every animal, so the same is true for every human institution. In the Greek type
of democracy all the citizens could listen to a series of orators and vote directly on questions of legislation. Hence
their philosophers held that a small city was the largest possible democratic state. The English invention of
representative government made a democratic nation possible, and the possibility was first realized in the United
States, and later elsewhere. With the development of broadcasting it has once more become possible for every citizen to
listen to the political views of representative orators, and the future may perhaps see the return of the national state
to the Greek form of democracy. Even the referendum has been made possible only by the institution of daily newspapers.
An essay by J. B. S. Haldane from 1928.