2018-08-17 Direct Democracy

Since this came up twice now, in conversations with @simon_brooke and @fitheach, respectively, I decided to jot down what I wrote:

Direct Democracy doesn’t make people smarter – neither the elected nor the electorate. It is no substitute for education and a congress or a senate doing their job; it doesn’t protect against corruption, the secret service or the military; nor against populism or religious intolerance or xenophobia. It’s complicated. But it’s still better than the sort of systems that result in two party states. 😀

As an example of what I mean by complicated, check out the section on Wikipedia voting using list:

And as for stupidity, remember these:



It makes no sense, strategically, to fill one’s homeland with people from a different land.

This common sense stance is far too taboo.

– Anonymous 2018-08-19 03:31 UTC

That’s because you’re an idiot.

– Alex Schroeder 2018-08-19 15:44 UTC

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