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Why is representative democracy chosen over direct democracy (i.e., referendum, plebiscite, straight vote)?
I find there are two schools of thought or arguments for rep. democracy::
1) asking citizens what they think on every issue is impractical. We'd have to go to the voting booth everyday and wouldn't have time to live our lives!
2) we need to put trusted experts in charge because our collective action requires those that know the issues better than the average citizen.
I am interested in this question as a student of environmental science/studies, economics, and web information technology. I would like this question to inform and structure a TED Conversation 'Debate' that I will start after this.