2012-06-12 (Tuesday) § 5 Comments
I think maybe any attempt to prevent stupid people from having input in governance is an existential threat to democracy. Everybody is supposed to have input whether they’re smart, stupid, good or evil. That’s what I understand the fundamental doctrine of democracy to be, that all of us will be better off long-term if all of us get some say in governance. As soon as we start trying to define some set of people out of the demos, we’ll have given up on that doctrine. Barring some well-articulated intellectual stopwall, it’s a slippery slope from there to aristocracy, which after all means the doctrine that the “best” people should be in charge.