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Against democracy

Author: Jason Brennan
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of political power. And 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. These are some of our most cherished ideas about democracy. But, Jason Brennan says, they  Read more...
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Brennan, Jason, 1979-
Against democracy.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016001826
(OCoLC)942707357
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Brennan
ISBN: 1400882931 9781400882939
OCLC Number: 953847936
Language Note: In English.
Awards: Short-listed for Zocalo's 10 Favorite Books of 2016 2016
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 288 pages)
Contents: Hobbits and hooligans --
Ignorant, irrational, misinformed nationalists --
Political participation corrupts --
Politics doesn't empower you or me --
Politics is not a poem --
The right to competent government --
Is democracy competent? --
The rule of the knowers --
Civic enemies.
Responsibility: Jason Brennan.
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"Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of political power. And 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. These are some of our most cherished ideas about democracy. But, Jason Brennan says, they are all wrong. In this trenchant book, Brennan argues that democracy should be judged by its results - and the results are not good enough. Just as defendants have a right to a fair trial, citizens have a right to competent government. But 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. Given this grim picture, Brennan argues that a new system of government - epistocracy, the rule of the knowledgeable, may be better than democracy, and that it's time to experiment and find out." -- book jacket flap

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One of Zocalo's 10 Favorite Books of 2016 "Brennan has a bright, pugilistic style, and he takes a sportsman's pleasure in upsetting pieties and demolishing weak logic."--Caleb Crain, New Yorker "A Read more...

 
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