|by Kent Aitken|
Today I'm just going to point you towards CBC Ideas: a 54 minute podcast on whether citizens' brains are built for democracy. The episode centers around the PhD work of David Moscrop, but covers many fascinating bases: rationality versus emotion, how we communicate, cameras in Parliament, and how different social mixes can massively influence people's approaches (and groups' outcomes).
It's great food for thought on how we govern ourselves. If you get inspired and would like a slightly deeper dive, you can find some counterpoints to the views expressed (report-length, both):
This highlights possible differences between issues-based and representative-based votes and points to various direct democracy macro success stories.
Different angle, but the premise they question - that citizens' views about what they want are inaccurate - is similar. They also specifically take on pros and cons of cameras in governing bodies.