The paper, by Shawn Rosenberg a political psychologist at UC Irvine, was discussed in Politico under the headline, “The shocking paper predicting the end of democracy.” Rosenberg suggests that we are not smart enough to govern ourselves. He says, we “lack the requisite cognitive and emotional capacities” to sustain democratic institutions. Studies show that we are narrow-minded, self-interested, emotional, prejudiced, and lacking in empathy. Rosenberg concludes, “democracy is likely to devour itself.”

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