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.
Public Health Promotion versus Foundational Health Promotion
For me, working on this book so quickly has been an ‘unprecedented’ experience. It has required obsessive attention, and the more I have discovered the more disturbed and disappointed I have become. I set out to try to make some sense of what we were all living through. I have succeeded up to a point, but I fear that a lot of what has happened is simply beyond sense. There are explanations, but there is so much inconsistency in the media and between ‘experts', so much outright contradiction between assumed ‘facts', and so many conceptually unfounded decisions, it has been like living through a particularly disorienting episode of The Twilight Zone.
Every day I considered abandoning the project. ...