By Jason Brennan

ISBN-10: 0691162603

ISBN-13: 9780691162607

Most humans think democracy is a uniquely simply type of executive. they suspect humans have the proper to an equivalent percentage of political strength. and so they think that political participation is nice for us--it empowers us, is helping us get what we'd like, and has a tendency to make us smarter, extra virtuous, and extra taking good care of each other. those are a few of our so much adored principles approximately democracy. yet, Jason Brennan says, they're all wrong.

In this trenchant booklet, Brennan argues that democracy could be judged via its results--and the implications are usually not more than enough. simply as defendants have a correct to a good trial, voters have a correct to useful govt. yet democracy is the guideline of the ignorant and the irrational, and all of it too usually falls brief. in addition, not anyone has a basic correct to any proportion of political strength, and exercise political strength does such a lot folks little solid. to the contrary, quite a lot of social technology learn indicates that political participation and democratic deliberation really are inclined to make humans worse--more irrational, biased, and suggest. Given this grim photograph, Brennan argues new process of government--epistocracy, the guideline of the knowledgeable--may be larger than democracy, and that it is time to scan and locate out.

A hard critique of democracy and the 1st sustained protection of the guideline of the a professional, Against Democracy is vital interpreting for students and scholars of politics around the disciplines.

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Less than 30 percent of Americans can name two or more of the rights listed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. 28 You might object, “Voters don’t need to be experts in politics. ” But knowing whether the bastards are doing a bad job requires a tremendous amount of social scientific knowledge. Voters need to know who the incumbent bastards are, what they did, what they could have done, what happened 30 chaPter 2 when the bastards did what they did, and whether the challengers are likely to be any better than the incumbent bastards.

Knowing the answers to the easy questions is not enough to be well informed about politics. To be well informed, citizens also need to know the candidates’ policy platforms, how candidates are likely to vote in Congress, what policies the candidates are likely to support, whether these votes are likely to matter or not, and how much influence the candidates are likely to have if they win. Yet even this is not enough. To know whom to vote for, one needs to know more than what candidates stand for, what the candidates have done in the past, or what they intend to do in the future.

An individual vote after careful deliberation produces the same results as voting after flipping a coin or dropping acid. The problem is that this goes for each of us. 1 But as we’ll soon see, they tend to be ignorant and irrational about politics. Perhaps this is because when it comes to voting, knowledge and rationality do not pay, while ignorance and irrationality go unpunished. If we, the electorate, are bad at politics, if we indulge fantasies and delusions, or ignore evidence, then people die.

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