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.

Postscript from the Madness of Crowds to the Wisdom of Informed People

Postscript from the Madness of Crowds to the Wisdom of Informed People

Postscript from the madness of crowds to the wisdom of informed people

Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.

July 20th

Predictably, much has changed in the last seven weeks. Equally predictably, little of it makes sense.

This book is a case for democracy, not an in-depth review of the imbalance between the evidence and policy decisions. Yet it would be incomplete not to include at least a sample of the peculiar dismissal of well-known evidence, blind reasoning and indefensible choices that have continued unabated.

It can be difficult to remember the key facts in this charade. For ...

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