Contributor Perspectives

The Disappointment of Democracy

Ian Morris
Board of Contributors
Nov 2, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
What if the problems of the 21st century are simply so complex that democracy can no longer solve them? Is there alternative system that would work?
What if the problems of the 21st century are simply so complex that democracy can no longer solve them? Is there alternative system that would work?
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With barely a week left before Americans head to the polls to decide who will be the most powerful person on Earth, it would be odd to devote this column to anything other than politics. Voters face a choice between the two least popular candidates in presidential history. Poll after poll reports that solid majorities dislike and distrust both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and millions of Americans seem appalled by the entire electoral process. When audiences cheer on a presidential nominee who refuses to commit to abiding by the outcome of the election, something has gone seriously wrong....

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