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Liberal Democracy and the End of History

Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu

in Unfit for the Future

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653645
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653645.003.0009
Liberal Democracy and the End of History

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This chapter criticizes the idea that liberal democracy is the end of history, the stopping-point of socio-political development. Chapter 4 concluded that the fact that weapons of mass destruction are increasingly easy to fabricate presses liberal democracies to become liberal by surveillance of their citizens. Chapter 7 concluded that it is even harder for liberal democracies to halt human induced climatic and environmental deterioration. The so-called jury-theorem seems to justify optimism about the chances of democracies making the morally right decisions: if a voter is only slightly more likely to get it right than wrong then, if the number of voters is huge, the majority will almost certainly get it right. But, due to the limitations of human altruism and the bias towards the near future, it is questionable whether an average voter is more likely to get climatic and environmental issues right than wrong.

Keywords: altruism; climatic deterioration; environmental deterioration; jury-theorem; liberal democracy; near future; weapons of mass destruction

Chapter.  3933 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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