From individual participation to authoritarian politics

Renovating Democracy – Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism
POLICY / Does technology development destabilize modern democracies? China can be seen as a positive counterpart to the West.

As many have commented, the crises in today's democracies are many – and the challenge lies in the dual pressures of globalization and technology development, two trends that are gathering in the global networking community.

Gardels and Berggruen, who lead a think tank in Los Angeles, have previously written the book Intelligent Governance in the 21 Century (2013), where they compare the political traditions of the West and the East. With direct experience from both California and China, they have ambitions not only of analyzing and criticizing, but of proposing changes and building new political forums.

In order to update and improve the institutions, we must first understand what happens to the relationship between leadership and people when the Internet makes information, participation and manipulation more immediately accessible. In short, the challenge lies in encouraging participation, but at the same time avoiding populism.

If you are a co-owner of the company that makes you redundant
automation, after all, the damage is less.

The dual danger of democracy, which Plato repeatedly warned, is, on the one hand, the "mob", which can be guided by immediate desire, short-term convenience and irrational fear, and on the other, demagogues, who know how to exploit these tendencies. Gardels and Berggruen are reminiscent of their new book Renovating Democracy about Plato's skepticism about democracy reappeared in the US Constitutional Assembly, pointing out that the word "democracy" is not even mentioned in the Constitution or in the Declaration of Independence. Politicians like Thomas Jefferson and America's Fourth President James Madison were concerned that the deliberate deliberations of the elected officials should not be disturbed by the volatility of the people – and that the people, for their part, had to be protected by stable institutions against the instability of politicians.

Short circuits at the top and bottom

With Twitter President Donald Trump and his uncensored proposal, the need for prudent consideration and strong institutions at the top becomes apparent. But also from below, social media and networks contribute to dangerous and ill-considered. . .



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