I wish there was a solution, but the tsunami of mindless populism that has swept the planet means our modern civilization is reaching its end. Representative democracy as presently instantiated leads inevitably to tyranny, as Plato explained 2,500 years ago in his The Republic. We’ve fetishized representative democracy and are unable to see its many systemic and fundamental weaknesses and thus we will let it destroy us. But perhaps, many years from now, there will be a few who look for a more adequate approach to governance. If not, we’ll be back here once again in a thousand years or so, after a long and bleak Dark Ages version 2.0.

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