John Locke: Epistocracy, A System Of Government

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Epistocracy is a system of government in which voting is knowledge-based. The way democracy in America works is that a campaigning politician will reach for a center audience in order to appeal to the common people while really having plans for the left or right. More often than not, the common people are not as educated on the important topics at hand. Many voters are ignorant, uneducated, or misinformed. Epistocracy is a form of democracy but instead there is a test that determines if someone’s vote counts more. The better a person’s score on the test is, the more that person’s vote will count. It can also create specific voting where people will vote on policies. There are varying opinions on the idea of Epistocracy and the people who believe …show more content…
He insisted that all people had the right to consent to their government and the power of law making resides with the people. For this reason, Locke would most likely disagree with Plato and agree with opinions closer Mill. According to him, if people are to be living and working in a state, they should be able to choose who is in their government because they will make the laws that they have to abide by. But just like Mill, he believes that people should be knowledgeable enough to vote so he would most likely agree with Epistocracy and having a test to determine how many votes someone gets. Voting is a way of being part of society and “The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property; and the end while they choose and authorize a legislative is that there may be laws made, and rules set, as guards and fences to the properties of all society, to limit the power and moderate the dominion of every part and member of the society” (Locke). Here, Locke mentions how people vote because people want to vote on the laws they would be living by. Everyone has reserved the right to choose their representatives for their own good. But sometimes people will vote without understanding the whole situation. They will have second-hand knowledge, meaning that they only know information that they have heard …show more content…
People would have to be completely informed about this new form of democracy. The problem, which is also the reason why the idea of Epistocracy came to be, is that people will sometimes vote without being completely informed. There may be a problem where people decide in favor of Epistocracy but when it is being carried out, not like it. People who know that they are informed individuals are more likely going to be in favor of Epistocracy. Common people who cherish their right to vote but may not be completely informed may not be in support of this idea. There are more common people living under democracy than there are of the well-informed people so taking away the right to vote of so many opinions would be lost. Democracy is the way that it is because citizens have the right to vote. In a way, Epistocracy is somewhat already in effect because the electoral- college is in place. The people of the electoral-college are representatives that are well-informed on the issues. Even so, government is for the people so if the votes of some people were either no included or included less, then it would not function the way it was intended to. Plato, Aristotle, Mill, and Locke all would have varying opinions on Epistocracy. The ideas of these figures should be taken into consideration when the idea of Epistocracy comes up. All sides of the idea are important in determining if Epistocracy has a place in

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