At a time when surveys tell us increasing numbers of young people think a dictatorship would be a good idea (try living under one!) we need to tackle two real dilemmas coming with democracy.

First, democracy has to set limits on terms of office to keep those in power, nationally and locally, accountable. But how do we get the long-term thinking we need for anything from healthcare to defence if politics is all focused on the next election? Second, the political arena has to be open to critics and campaigners, and for minorities to get a hearing. How do we run that without the need to grab attention meaning everyone follows the worst of social media and pulls in AI for that purpose (copy Donald Trump for both public and private life)?

Frankly, although these political dilemmas also have clear moral undertones, it's no good in these cases following the current in philosophy (Martha Nussbaum included) which tries to take a lesson from Greek tragedy by treating dilemmas between conflicting obligations as part of the condition of being a good person. That might be correct for personal situations (even if there is a risk of people deciding being a good person is not worth the resulting stress). But with democracy as a political system political decisions have to be made. Not least because one possibility is to scrap democracy and join the dictatorships which don't have to worry about the next election and can monopolise the media publicity.  

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