A Critical Eye on Democracy

“If most voters are uninformed, who should make decisions about the public’s welfare?” asks Caleb Crain in a thoughtful essay, “None of the Above: the Case Against Democracy” in The New Yorker. He explores the reflections of Plato, John Stuart Mill, James Madison, and modern academics about democracy.

The most compelling reason to vote for many people, he concludes, is that they feel a duty not to let down family and friends who share “an idea of where the country needs to go.”

Is that simply tribalism?

 

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