What Comes After Democracy?
Dan Stern
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Interesting piece, thank you.

In terms of free will, though, I don’t think the cause and effect determinism is as important to our social and political outlook as autonomy. I may have no choice but to write this in terms of the innumerable influences, genetic and external, that have accumulated over my lifetime and evolution but the important point is that no other person or organisation is forcing or preventing me from doing so.

Actual free will, as your discussing, has a very limited history; at democracy’s conception most believed that god was mysteriously moving and controlling everything behind the scenes. Many still do.

What worries me most is our deference, to Amazon or the government, of our decisions.

Whilst I can conceive a future where we live like ancient Greek aristocrats off our robot slaves, with the time to ponder and philosophise, there’s a lot of painful transition in between. Many seem to find lack of time and the increasing complexity of live a barrier to autonomy, resting too much power in the elite.

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