Summary of The Case Against Democracy
If most voters are uninformed, who should make decisions about the public’s welfare?
The New Yorker, 2016
Should only the educated vote?
If Americans don’t know what’s in their Constitution, how can they pick leaders who will uphold its principles? Since the days of Plato in ancient Greece, intellectuals have fretted about ignorant voters and argued for a system run by educated people instead. Political scientist Jason Brennan is one such intellectual. Literary critic and journalist Caleb Crain dissects Brennan’s new book Against Democracy, offering historical insights and a fresh voice. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends Crain’s sharp analysis, which doesn’t lose faith in democracy.
In this summary, you will learn
- How an “epistrocracy” differs from a democracy
- How one political scientist envisions educated voters as benefiting the public good
- What problems his model overlooks
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