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Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to "resist" the democratic results isn't a mere semantic problem. It points to the problem with socialists in general: They aren't interested in democracy. They are interested in power. Central power.

Theodore Dalrymple lays it out in this short essay.

One resists a dictatorship; one opposes a legitimate government. Corbyn is thus like Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, who once said that democracy is like a train: you get off it once you have reached your destination. It is a means to an end–in Corbyn's case, socialist social justice; that is to say, a good rather than a bad dictatorship. For once social justice is reached, what need would there be of any politics at all, except perhaps a little light leadership?