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Unfit for the FutureThe Need for Moral Enhancement$
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Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653645.001.0001

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Liberal Democracy and the End of History

Liberal Democracy and the End of History

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(p.91) 9 Liberal Democracy and the End of History
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Unfit for the Future
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Ingmar Persson

Julian Savulescu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653645.003.0009

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

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