The point about democracies being flexible is not new and the rest of the article is bunk. The author is just deeply out of touch. People do not fear that "the political system we’ve relied on in the past might not be up to the task at hand" they fear that the political system we've relied on in the past is gone and democracy has been deeply compromised by a very powerful, monied elite.
The article is well written, succinct and full of deep political philosophy insights for our time.
This isn't the first thread that has been all, LOLEconomics, but it appears to be becoming something of a trend. See languagehat's parting message.
Is that your definition of a 'real' science?
It is certainly a reasonable question, but I don't think that declaring the field unscientific is a reasonable answer. Declaring it not a field would make more sense, provided you go on to define fields that actually hold basic tenets.
Bring up string theory vs loop quantum gravity at a dinner party of physicists then tell me how that goes.
DU's talking about Krugman…
duracell monkey bang his drum...Jeez, falcon, could you get it any more wrong? It's ENERGIZER, and it's a BUNNY. That said, the rest of your comment seems pretty spot on.
duracell monkey bang his drum...
It was not too long ago when the field of psychology consisted of Freud and Jung and other stuff that we would not call science today. If you were B.F. Skinner before B.F. Skinner did his experiments in behaviorism, you would tend to think that the established science of psychology was bunk.
1: In a very 'pure' democracy, 'the mob', average people en-mass have a lot of power
2: In an autocratic pesudo-democracy, the elites have a lot of power.
3: The more politically powerful a group is, the more difficult it is to implement policies that hurt them or that they don't like.
4: Therefore, moving from a more democratic to less democratic model means that you are going to see more policies that benefit the elites, rather then common people.
5: The polices that would fix the problem are unappealing to elites
6: More political independence could allow for a government to implement the correct polices, but.
7: Moving to a system with more political independence actually empowers the elites and makes it more difficult implement the correct policies because the elites don't like them.
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