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pstscrpt
Sep. 29th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Democracy does mean that. That's why it should only be part of a system of government, not the whole thing.
hiraethin
Sep. 30th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
"Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something."

"Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let's play that over again, too. Who decides?"

-- Robert Heinlein

Representative democracy IMO is a way to have a government and minimise its excesses; and likewise to have freedoms and minimise their excesses. It's not great, it's just that there's nothing better yet.

As for anti-intellectualism, knowledge isn't the same as either wisdom or leadership. Otherwise we would elect teh internets our supreme leader. Democracy tends to mass movements in eventual response to perceived social stimuli, like movement by some massive dinosaur being constantly nibbled on one side. It's rarely innovative except right at the very start, and that shit gets stamped out fast. If a large sector of society is fulminating against intellectuals, then many people feel there is reason. They may be wrong; but they should not be ignored.

Speak up. Debate. Raise and examine ideas. Otherwise you abandon the field to whoever else shows up.
pstscrpt
Sep. 30th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Representative democracy helps buffer some of the worst effects -- add in judicial review and it gets a lot better.

My biggest problem with the Republican party the last few years is actually not specific policies, but that they seem to be opposed to judicial review with all their talk about "activist judges".
whitefox77
Oct. 4th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
"If a large sector of society is fulminating against intellectuals, then many people feel there is reason. They may be wrong; but they should not be ignored. "

Yes they should be ignored. In fact anyone with an IQ under 120 should be ignored. The same way I ignore my 6yo son when he tries to tell me he tries to tell me he doesn't need to take a bath. In both cases the people involved aren't intelegent enough, or aware enough of the consiquenses of their actions to make intelegent decisions on their own.

The only advantage human's have in this world is intelegence. It's what sets us apart. In terms of physical characteristics human's kind of suck. Every other primate (or mamal for that matter) even close to our size is signifigantly stronger than us, and almost all animals have better senses. So the only real measure of a person is in how they think. The first test there is in proving you can think. In my opinion the vast majority of the human population fails this test.

I firmly belive that to vote a person should have to pass some verient of the gom jabbar (see Dune by Frank Herbert). Once you've proven you can over ride instinct with intelegence, then your opinion matters, before that your just another herd animal.
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