Against Democracy: A Case for Epistocracy

  • Sundar Kishore
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  • Sundar Kishore

    Student at Alliance University Bangalore, India.

  • Hariharan P

    Student at Alliance University Bangalore, India.

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‘Democracy’ is the most preferred and most practiced form of government around the world. It is thought to be the best form of government a state could have in which the grievances and calls of every individual is answered. But that is not the case in reality. There are a plethora of flaws in this form of government which are to be examined in this research with the help of lot of examples and accounts of real incidents. This is a high time to address this question whether democracy is the best way to live in a society as we have seen this system is failing and losing its former glory and popularity among the people in the recent times due to the rise of lot of demagogues around the world even in the best of the democracies. Thus this research is undertaken. The spine of the idea of this research is based on the teachings of Professor Jason Brennan of Georgetown University. Plethora of his works including The Ethics of Voting, Against Democracy is the core of this research. By envisaging power to everybody by the system of democracy we actually limited the power of the people at large which has led to an increase of demagogues in the system which has inhibited us from looking forward for long term sustainable development rather we focused on fulfilment of individual desires. This could be overcome by a relatively unpractised form of government, the Epistocracy.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, Page 1164 - 1177


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