Desmond Avery sent the following comment by email:
If I understand it rightly, you’re proposing more local autonomy as the way to make decision-making more democratic and therefore better. I have two immediate questions about that:
- Having worked for good decision-making locally here and there in the world, I have the impression that it is usually the most ruthless and stubborn people who prevail, not the most enlightened, and with a small pool to fish in for leaders you may not get any good ones.
- Aren’t Facebook, Twitter etc. giving everyone a chance to have their say, and isn’t that making politics impossible rather than better?
I think democracy is better than the other ocracies on offer, but in itself is no solution to our current ills. I would start with the more basic values of justice and wisdom, and try to see what they would entail now.
Just an immediate reaction, but perhaps the kind of doubts that could be disposed of or taken into account somehow at the start.