Crowds, freedom and utopian democracy

See Nicholas Gruen article in SMH opinion on mon 10 Jan.
Group think or the wisdom of crowds? Solidarity vs free expression
of critical thoughts. Nicholas Gruen says that these opposites
can go together very well if there is a democratic process where
people can express different points of view, and an accepted way of
making the decision to be carried out. It is a very nice idea that a
company decision may be opposed openly by employees but accepted as the majority decision. Problem is employees get no vote on the
company decision. Nicholas Gruen could be labelled a utopian
democrat (like utopian socialist). He has imagined a state of
affairs that is appealing, but those who have the power to make
decisions now, such as bosses, aren’t going to hand over decision
making because it is a nice idea. Decision making power would have to be taken by the people who would be better at making decisions.


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