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Steven B. Johnson on Democracy - Dictionary of Arguments

Morozov I 107
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.
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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.
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The model of Johnson and Miller (3) assumes that politics is only a kind of referendum. But such referendums only paralyze democracy (4).
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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.

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Steven Johnson
Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age New York 2012

Morozov I
Evgeny Morozov
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism New York 2014

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