Apa yang Salah dengan Demokrasi?

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Irianto Wijaya


The value of every social ideal, including democracy, is always determined by two criteria, coherence and applicability. The power of democracy to fulfill these criteria  depends on its ability to solve two kinds of social problems, the normative and the factual problems. Scepticism toward democracy usually concerns its ability to handle the latter, in which there is an old Platonian challenge that it must deal with. Democracy would be able to answer the challenge satisfactorily as long as we recognize the distinction between procedural and substantive rationality.

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