Political division and polarization in America have reached a fever pitch. Civic discourse has become a landscape nearly devoid of the intellectual virtues. And in the midst of this, we still make our decisions in a largely democratic fashion where hardly anyone actually is informed on any important topics. Could these negative phenomena be the result of a more systemic problem in how we govern ourselves - that is, is democracy itself to blame?
Our guest Dr. Jason Brennan, professor at Georgetown University, explores alternatives to democracy that may in fact produce more of the good results we actually care about. We discuss the traditional reasons democracy has been praised and supported, and examine ways it falls short, and notable alternatives to it. We closely look at epistocracy, or rule by the knowers, that perhaps the most informed among us should have the greatest say in policy.
For a more detailed treatment, check out Jason's book Against Democracy anywhere books are sold.