Is a direct democracy a good idea? Please discuss your answer.
I prefer a more participatory democracy. Direct democracy is preferable to what we have now though.
This is my first post so please feel free to give constructive criticism.
If the hoi polloi were uniformly intellectual and informed. So, no.
Thanks for replying.
Yes, so much better than representative democracy in pretty much every way I can think of. Variants of it like direct consensus democracy are particularly good, and easily deal with most concerns brought up against it, not that they were even much of a concern to begin with, especially in comparison to representative democracy. For one particular example, the mob rule argument is silly given that mob mentality is much more strongly encouraged encouraged by hierarchical organizations.
I can see your point, but think Bout it like Plato and Socrates. They were both very wary of a direct democracy because they thought they average man didn't think enough about his decision.
I think representative democracies in the end would be better than direct a democracy.
The low education standards of the average person are a result of our education model which was derived from Prussian military rule. Johann Fichte, an advocate of the model, argued that schools aught to fashion the person, and fashion them in such a way that they simply cannot will otherwise then what you wish him to will. It intentionally crushes the critical capacities of the individual to create an obedient workforce. This education model also aught to be done away with in favor of a democratic model that expands the creative impulses of individual students. I think your concern is genuine, but honestly it appeals to a condition within our current system to justify itself.
I agree with you. A direct democracy would only work if the people were educated well enough, but the problem is people still aren't educated in diplomatics or the affairs of other nations so I still have to disagree. The question was would it work in our society.
Large crowds make poor decisions, the average person is not wise enough to make these decisions, and it's too slow.