Hi-Phi Nation: Demons of Democracy

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Preschool kids get their first taste of democratic participation when they vote on their class name, and democratic private school try to display the value of democracy by making kids vote on everything, even the school budget. Does it work or do kids make terrible decisions?
One diagnosis of our modern-day political problems is that too many stupid people are voting for stupid things. There are two proposed fixes; mandate that everyone vote to diminish the power of ignorant and irrational voters, or find ways to disenfranchise all and only the misinformed people. This week we take a look at compulsory voting as a solution to the problems of democracy, and whether getting rid of democracy altogether can be wise or just. We look at Sudbury Valley and Brooklyn Free School, democratic schools where the people that society seems to agree are too ignorant and irrational to vote are given democratic power. Are there are any lessons to be draw for our democratic problems?
Guest voices include Jill Sheppard, Jason Brennan, Noleca Radway, Jonathan Ho, and alums of democratic schools.
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