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 Case for Democracy

The case for democracy
  • Disease prevention (A) and Well-functioning societies (B)
  • Expert specialists (A) and Collective wisdom (B)
  • Social control (A) and Ethics (B)
  • Enforcement (A) and Informed consent (B)
  • Risk perceptions (A) and Accurate comparisons (B)
  • Central commands (A) and Public consultation (B)
  • Propaganda (A) and Balanced information (B)
  • Obedience (A) and Critical thinking (B)
  • Protecting life (A) and Living a worthwhile life (B)

The argument for the inclusion of ethical considerations, and the central importance of informed consent to Western society, moves naturally to the case for a radically extended form of democracy.

The COVID-19 episode has brought about a series of shocks and realisations for most people. We were unaware that we were so at risk from viral pandemics; we were not prepared to be so personally affected ...

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