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The Flaws That Kill Our Democracy

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Democracy is under pressure. Western democratic societies face problems such as today’s increased polarization, climate change, and migration crises. But democracies have been facing challenges from their very existence. Democracy should enable us to peacefully resolve social problems by political means. Unfortunately, it has failed to do so—before the American Civil War, ...more
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Published March 24th 2020 by Klaas Mensaert
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Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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There's no such thing as the perfect political system - on that, I think, we can all agree. Out of the ones being practiced in the world, I strongly agree with the author that representative democracy is the best one available. I also strongly agree that it, too, comes with a number of significant flaws. Mensaert lays them out one by one, giving detailed explanations of how and why various aspects of the system as currently practiced in different countries pose difficulties and offering suggesti ...more
Peter Monien
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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As someone who has read a lot about the topic of democracy and also wrote a book about upgrading democracy, I gotta say, that I am impressed.

The bottom-up approach of Klaas Mensaert's ‘inclusive party’ completely dissolves the current party oligopoly, greatly reduces the current polarization, and allows for better cooperation.

Klaas argues well why the current approach of ‘exclusive parties’ leads to polarization, a large accumulation of power, little innovation, and instability of the entire pol
Zjef Van Acker
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** Spoiler Alert **

“The flaws that kill our democracy” really impressed me.

Klaas distilled 4 years of passionate research and thorough thinking into 109 pages of only the most important technical and historical information. You will need all of your focus and attention to completely comprehend what he’s saying - but it’s all worth it because this book has the potential to become a milestone in history by fundamentally improving politics and democracy.

For this review - I will discuss four things
Angelino Desmet
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the quest for efficiency, scientists and engineers are often inspired by, and get praised for using mechanisms from the natural world. That politics should be no different is my main takeaway from this book (e.g. bottom-up approach, piecemeal changes, trial-by-combat, etc.), achievable ideas I can fully get behind. Except for that last one, that was a joke.

The Flaws That Kill Our Democracy is insightfully written with academic integrity, but the author occasionally forgets that his readers wo
Rita Bogorad
First things first, I do not come from a political background. I am a scientist and my usual reads are scientific publications with focus on biology.
The book was a great weekend read! It was something insightfull and rather easy to follow thanks to the relatable examples and the book structure.
As an author, Klaas gives a very a very interesting view on the flaws of democracy. What's even more interesting is that he goes on to suggest scientific solutions to what is commonly percieved as strictly
Nathan Albright
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

In many ways, this book resembles a shorter cousin to John C. Calhoun's disquisition on American politics in a way that demonstrates a desire to create a more consensus-based government that serves as a case of reasoning from flawed premises.  Given that the Belgians have adopted a concurrent majority model not too dissimilar from Calhoun's model, that is not too sur
Janalyn Prude
In this book The Flaws That Kill Our Democracy Claus Mensurt , Tries and in my humble opinion succeeds and explaining the week parts of our democracy. Not only does he break each aspect of democracy down he also In very simple terms explains it from all sides. For example chapter 1.5 is titled, What are Political parties,1.6 is critique of political parties, 1.7 changing political parties in 1.8 The flaws of political parties A&M each one like most of the topics he tells you the good the bad and ...more
The Inquisitive Biologist
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Flaws That Kill Our Democracy is a neat little book that proposes changes to the system of representative democracy so as to fix it shortcomings. See my full review at ...more
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As a bioinformatician, Mensaert has been inspired by decentralized, bottom-up processes that can be observed both in nature and in the best of human endeavors—ideas such as the free market and the scientific process. As a former member of the Belgian Pirate Party, he has observed both the capabilities and weaknesses of political parties.

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