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Chapter 4: The Growth of Techno-Democracy
The 21st century was meant to be the golden age of democracy. Instead, the first decades of the new millennium have witnessed a distinct erosion of the popular faith in democracy (Mounk, 2018; Roberts, 2016). It is now viewed as not only almost irredeemably corrupted by elites and special interests but also as fundamentally ineffectual and irrational.
The constant neoliberal refrain that ‘there is no alternative’ has, as shown, fundamentally degraded democracy itself. It became an exercise in at best choosing the ‘lesser evil’ and at worst becoming complicit in reproducing a fatally flawed social and economic order. The belief in the changing power of democracy was decreased, making it appear less as the driving motor of social transformation ...