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Brexit, deliberative democracy, and the unforced force of the better argument

John Parkinson - Ruminative rumblings

brexitIt’s more than a week after the vote in the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, and it’s taken me this long to write something. I mourn for a Britain that can be so courageous and welcoming, but has now legitimised blaming ‘the other’ to deflect blame at home. I am concerned for my many European friends in Britain, some of whom now share the experience of being subjected to hate in the streets, their children abused in the supermarket. I am sad for my many British friends who voted Remain, who resisted the closing of minds, and feel bereft. And I am feeling cheated, both personally and for my children, as doors close to us.

In the face of that grief, some Remainers like AC Grayling have claimed that a 50%+1 hurdle was too low and a super-majority of 60% should have been necessary; and/or that we…

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Is it really that difficult to find women to talk about the EU Referendum? — UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group — Edinburgh Politics and IR Blog

Originally posted on Gender Politics at Edinburgh: The significant absence of expert women’s voices from media debates and academic events related to the EU Referendum has been widely reported. PSA Women and Politics members Roberta Guerrina, Toni Haastrup, Katharine Wright share a list of women EU experts and argue there are in fact many women…

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Rousseau’s Mistake

A recent article by Hélène Landemore: Rousseau’s Mistake: Representation and the Myth of Direct Democracy Abstract: For Rousseau, democracy was direct or it wasn’t. As he famously put it, “the moment a people allows itself to be represented, it is no longer free: it no longer exists. The day you elect representatives is the day […]

https://equalitybylot.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/rousseaus-mistake/

Norgrove: Why Britain Should Scrap Democracy in Favour of Sortition

Oliver Norgrove writes in The Huffington Post: Horse-shoeing my way round the English coastline, setting up stools, handing out thousands of leaflets and talking to many passers-by certainly has come with its frustrations. As I wrote on my blog a few days ago, my patience for democracy and its input of all has now pretty […]

https://equalitybylot.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/norgrove-why-britain-should-scrap-democracy-in-favour-of-sortition/