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Against Democracy (Hardcover) (Jason Brennan)

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The author challenges arguments that political liberty and participation are good for people and claims that for most people, they are harmful. He argues that they would be better off if they stayed out of politics, that politics corrupts them, that citizens don't have any basic right to vote or run for office, that democracy is not a uniquely or intrinsically just form of government, and that universal suffrage drives most voters to make political decisions in an ignorant or irrational way. He claims that if there were a better alternative to democracy, such as epistocracy, it should be considered. He discusses research on voter behavior and how most voters make mistakes; critiques arguments that democracy, equal voting rights, and participation are good and just because of what they express or symbolize; and argues that high-stakes political decisions are unjust, illegitimate, and lacking in authority if they are made incompetently or in bad faith. He considers arguments from democratic theorists, and outlines the benefits and risks of forms of epistocracy. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Philosophy, Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Jason Brennan
Language: English
Street Date: September 6, 2016
TCIN: 51529036
UPC: 9780691162607
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-6112
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