Against Democracy

Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe that political participation is good for us: it empowers us, helps us get what we want, and tends to make us smarter, more virtuous, and more caring for one another. But, Jason Brennan says, they are all wrong. Democracy is the rule of the ignorant and the irrational, and it all too often falls short. Furthermore, no one has a fundamental right to any share of political power, and exercising political power does most of us little good. On the contrary, a wide range of social science research shows that political participation and democratic deliberation actually tend to make people worse: more irrational, biased, and mean. [Jason Brennan (2016), Against Democracy, Princeton University Press]

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