The Paradox of Democracy

Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Nov 06, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Seb Schmoller sent me this link on the naive expert, and I responded with this post. To be clear, though, the post is not a response to the naive expert link, it's just a train of thoughts that were set off reading it. I try to capture the nature, purpose and essence of democracy. "I am a radical democrat. My commitment to democracy extends well beyond support for the mechanisms of democratic decision-making, but additionally, to mechanisms and measures supporting the greatest degree of autonomy and self-governance possible."

(p.s. I'm noticing that almost nobody is reading my articles when I post the link only to Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The reason, of course, is that they are all now trying to sell online influence, as documented here (via James Baggesen). The same with my photos: posting to the social networks nets 150 views, posting here nets 600, for roughly the same number of readers. So, I'm glad I have my website and my newsletter, so my online footprint doesn't disappear when Facebook decides it's not making enough money).

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