A democracy provides a Schelling point, … an option which might or might not be the best, but which is not too bad and which everyone agrees on in order to stop fighting. … In the six hundred fifty years between the Norman Conquest and the neutering of the English monarchy, Wikipedia lists about twenty revolts and civil wars. … In the three hundred years since the neutering of the English monarchy and the switch to a more Parliamentary system, there have been exactly zero. … Democracy doesn’t always perform optimally, but it always performs fairly, … and that is enough to prevent people from starting civil wars.Fairly...if one includes the once-English America...we should probably count 2 (American Revolution & US. Civil War). By observation, besides it's other many faults, Monarchy causes internal civil wars, perhaps at a rate of 1/33 years. Democracy is running 1/150.
The virtue of excellence
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
via Robin Hanson, from Scott Siskind: