Thoughts on Democratic Choice

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“From our days in diapers, we citizens of modernity are taught to revere democracy. As is true of many lessons, this one is good if taught properly. And to teach this lesson properly requires asking, debating, and carefully answering questions such as ‘What exactly is democracy?’ ‘What are the background conditions that must hold in order for democracy’s use to promote human flourishing?’ ‘Compared to what? That is, what are democracy’s alternatives? And if democracy is indeed superior to its alternatives, how so, why so, and when so?’ Yet judging from popular commentary, too few people ask such questions. Democracy today is simply taken to be synonymous with majority rule under a wide franchise.” (11/16/21)