Study Cards on deliberation, macro, micro
Ultimately freedom means obedience to the general will.
In his system a relatively high level of economic equality was needed.
Can be seen as a totalitarian democracy, because the general will cannot just be established by asking citizens what they want, so there is room for the general will to be determined from above (someone claiming to act in the true interest of society).
He did, however, suggest a system of plural voting, as not all political opinions are of equal value (higher education = more votes).
Mill was concerned that democracy would undermine debate, criticism and intellectual life, by encouraging people to accept the will of the majority, as the majority is not always right. He therefore supported the idea of deliberative democracy (emphasizes the need for reasoned discussion and debate).
Parliamentary democracy is a form of democratic rule that operates through a populary elected deliberative assembly, which mediates between government and the people
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