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AUTHORITARIANISM

If I had no choice, I could be happy living in a non-democratic authoritarian system.  I suppose I’d meekly accept subjugation, losing some freedom, having no vote (indeed voting can be a chore!)  I’d hope the system would be social contract-based so that law and order is maintained, duties and rights of citizens are spelled out, and leaders respond to public opinion. Whether they’re from the aristocracy, single political party, military dictatorship, religious group, techno elite, etc, I believe leaders have legitimacy only to the extent they have people’s consent.

EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY

I like the feedback that well-educated citizens provide elected officials in a democracy with their votes. I don't think this will work without them, as they're, as Jefferson put it,  “ultimate guardians of their own liberty." So, free K12 state supported education for all should promote       1) skills to make valued workers, and lifelong learners / critical thinkers,     2) people skills / community values, 3) understanding of technologically and ethically complex issues they may one day vote on, and 4) their ability to ultimately select good leaders. 

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