What are some cons of direct democracy?What are some cons of direct democracy?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are at least two major problems with direct democracy.  One is logistical/practical and the other has to do with the ability of the people to rule.

First, a direct democracy is very unwieldy and is likely to work only in a very small polity.  It is very difficult to get anything done quickly if all the people are able to be involved in the decision-making process.

Second, in a direct democracy, the people are asked to make decisions on all sorts of issues.  The issues that arise, especially in a modern country, can be very complex.  The people as a whole will not typically have the time or the training to truly understand most of the issues involved.  This means that a direct democracy might end up creating a number of policies that are ill-informed or short-sighted.  This is not saying that the people are too dumb to rule themselves, simply that they are too busy and they lack specialized knowledge.

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mslady | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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How did the cost play a role as a con of direct democracy?

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