John Stuart Mill didn't think so in his book _On Liberty_, since they'd invariably vote out of personal (selfish) considerations and not consider what was called the commonweal or the common good. Now we praise people to steal from others through the impersonal mechanism of the ballot box. Why is that good? When 47% of the people don't pay any income tax, we're at the point of a sharp decline with vastly fluctuating tax rates--mainly coming from the rich, they have an annoying tendency to disguise and curtail--and a perpetuate parasitical class demanding ever more entitlements. Ever heard of William Graham Sumner's Forgotten Man?