Ideas of David van Reybrouck, by Theme

[Belgian, fl. 2013, Freelance political writer.]

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25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / a. Sovereignty
Nowadays sovereignty (once the basis of a state) has become relative
25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / e. General will
Today it seems almost impossible to learn the will of the people
There are no united monolothic 'peoples', and no 'national gut feelings'
25. Society / B. The State / 5. Leaders / d. Elites
Technocrats may be efficient, but they lose legitimacy as soon as they do unpopular things
Technocrats are expert managers, who replace politicians, and can be long-term and unpopular
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy
Democracy is the best compromise between legitimacy and efficiency
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / b. Consultation
A referendum result arises largely from ignorance
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / c. Direct democracy
You don't really govern people if you don't involve them
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / d. Representative democracy
In the 18th century democratic lots lost out to elections, that gave us a non-hereditary aristocracy
Representative elections were developed in order to avoid democracy