An Ancient Greek idea could foil Brexit’s democratic tragedy

Article in The Guardian
19 January, 2018

The tragedy of Brexit doesn’t concern Britain’s economy but rather its democracy”. This is a lesson to remember: stereotypes are reduced through deliberation and people do not hold as radical anti-immigration (or other reactionary) views once they have discussed concrete issues with peers who have diverse backgrounds and sets of experience and expertise. It is when citizens are or feel they are excluded from effective democratic deliberation that extreme views can prosper.

“As the citizens’ assembly considered the issues, the participants became more tolerant and generous towards each others’ perspectives, and more liberal in outlook. Participants became slightly more inclined to think immigration enriched rather than undermined cultural life and the economy, and substantially more prepared to give priority to trade over immigration in Brexit negotiations.”

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