The Case for Democracy explores the psychological biases; distorted risk perceptions; frenetic journalism; the impotence of science; the narrow focus of 'experts'; value judgements dressed up as truths; propaganda; the invisibility of ethics; and the alarming irrelevance of inclusive democracy that have been features of the human reaction to the covid-19 pandemic. David Seedhouse argues that the chaotic human response to the virus, with no attempt to include the public, is the perfect argument for an extensive, participatory democracy. It is time for us to solve our problems together. David Seedhouse is Professor of Deliberative Practice at Aston University.

Steps towards a Wider Focus

Steps towards a wider focus

Dr Amitava Banerjee's ‘narrow lens’ is one of many ways of conceptualising this phenomenon. The ‘narrow lens’ has become a powerful force, directing everyone's attention away from most of the usual things we care about. Can we understand this ‘narrow lens’ in a way that might begin to free us from it?

Rational Field Blindness

The purpose of this short book is to try to understand what has happened. In one sense the answer seems obvious: there is a deadly virus and the only way to stop it is to take drastic measures. From numerous polls, at least in the USA and the UK, this is the view of most of the general public, who not only ...

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