Steven B. Johnson on Democracy - Dictionary of Arguments
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Democracy/Politics/Steven Johnson/Morozov: Steven Johnson celebrates in his Future Perfect (1) the advantages of switching to what he calls "liquid democracy": In a traditional democracy, citizens elect representatives to legislate on their behalf; in a liquid democracy, citizens do not have to vote for representatives - they can simply transfer their votes to those who, in their opinion, know better about the issue.
Morozov: the idea is not new. Lewis Carroll already suggested something similar. (2)
MorozovVsJohnson: this does not take into account the fact that the legislative process also includes discussion, negotiations, compromises and reflection.
The model of Johnson and Miller (3) assumes that politics is only a kind of referendum. But such referendums only paralyze democracy (4).
MorozovVsJohnson: he seems to think, just as we ask our friends where best to eat, we would do the same with political decisions. How strange!
1. St. Johnson, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age (New York: Penguin, 2012), 170
2. Lewis Carroll, The Principles of Parliamentary Representation (London: Harrison and Sons, 1884).
3. James C. Miller, “A Program for Direct and Proxy Voting in the Legislative Process,” Public Choice 7, no. 1 (1969): 107– 113.
4. see Yannis Papadopoulos, “Analysis of Functions and Dysfunctions of Direct Democracy: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Perspectives,” Politics & Society 23 (December 1995): 421– 448._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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