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.

The Ethics

The ethics

‘Narrow focused', rational field blindness is essentially only a function of where you are looking. If you are looking only at ‘public health’ issues, narrowly conceived, then you will think and decide according to the ‘public health’ rational field described above.

To see things differently you merely need to create an alternative rational field, for which there are endless options. There are many possible rational fields based on ethics, but so far (May 23rd) these have been mostly obscured by Mackay's ‘madnesses'.

Indeed, one of the most striking features of this whole affair is how infrequently ethical issues have been raised, when there is a strong argument that ethics sits right at the heart of the human reaction to the pandemic. This is ...

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