Against Elections – David Van Reybrouck

David Van Reybrouck is a advocate for Sortition in the Belgium, a country that has particular experience with the failures and flaws of electoral representation.

In this video, he talks about his book, Against Elections. He makes the particular point that democracy has been around for 3,000 years, but we’ve only introduced elections in the last 200 years.

Extracts from the book can be read here:

It seems like we have all become electoral fundamentalists. We look down on those who have been elected, but worship elections themselves. Electoral fundamentalism is the unshakeable belief that there can be no democracy without polling, that elections are a precondition, indispensable for defining democracy. Electoral fundamentalists refuse to see elections as a means to implement democracy, but consider them an end in themselves, a sacred principle of intrinsic, indefeasible value

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