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Hearing the Other Side: Democracy v. Libertarianism. Frank Furedi and Keith Knight

by | Dec 4, 2020

Frank Furedi is a professor of sociology at the University of Kent, we discuss objections to his thesis in Democracy Under Siege: Don’t Let Them Lock It Down.

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Democracy, as we practice it, is unjust. We expose innocent people to high degrees of risk because we put their fate in the hands of ignorant, misinformed, irrational, biased, and sometimes immoral decision makers….The problem with political decisions isn’t merely that most of us don’t get our own way.  It’s also that these decisions are usually imposed on us, against our will, by threats of violence.

Against Democracy by Jason Brennan, Pg. 230-40

0:16 – What is Democracy, and why is it moral?

1:54 – Is mass ignorance an argument against democracy?

4:09 – “Democracy is mob rule”

5:17 – “How can you delegate rights you don’t have?”

7:25 – Rational ignorance – Bryan Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter

10:36 – Against Democracy by Jason Brennan

12:49 – Democracy blurs potential “class-consciousness”

16:13 – The problem is not nobility, but the double standard of statism

18:33 – Owners v. temporary caretakers

22:04 – Popularity contests result in perversions of truth, justice, & beauty

24:13 – Do government schools bias the minds of the citizens in favor of the government?

27:33 – “Democracy makes accountability impossible”

30:31 – Do you support world democracy?

33:01 – Voluntary democracy v. involuntary democracy – Worker cooperatives –

34:57 – Are “American values” unique?

38:00 – Double standards when it comes to the west

41:49 – How can I become an informed voter / democratic participant

45:11 – Major takeaways from the work of Edward Bernays

47:14 – The thesis of How Fear Works

50:17 – Book recommendations to think logically with regards to fear?

53:10 – Final message about democracy





About Keith Knight

Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.

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