The magic of democracy

From Bruce Charlton:

We ‘believe’ in democracy as the crudest form of magic: somehow democratic voting processes have the (literally) incredible property that they will (although themselves lacking any specific rationale or validity, and being widely varied, and prone to manipulation and cheating) magically lead not just to good choices and policies, but will (somehow) transmute the base metal of individual, short-term selfishness into wise, long-term public spiritedness.

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One Response to The magic of democracy

  1. rightsaidfred says:

    Political magic was expected from communism, theocracy, and big man politics. It is the eternal human search for a God, a superhero, etc.

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