Democracy - The biggest con of our times?

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by Sameer Panje on Friday, September 22, 2017


Session type

Technical level


This session intends to conduct a deep-dive into the seen & the unseen effects of this system of socio-political organisation which most of us hold so dear.


A huge majority of the global population views democracy as the ultimate expression of self-rule. But is it as simple as it seems? Does the citizen really hold the power that he thinks he does, in his hands? How does one measure the efficacy of one’s vote? What are the limits of democracy? And finally, why, we never seem to get what we expect from our democratically elected governments?

These are some of the questions we will touch upon during this session. By the end of it, you will at least have ample food for thought, maybe even a completely new perspective about the society you live in.

I will present my argument in about 15 minutes & take a question or two (time constraints). Will also provide a list of resources (books, video links, other web resources) for further exploration of the subject.


An open mind

Speaker bio

An autodidact with an affinity towards philosophy & economics, Sameer has been through an expansive curve in his political outlook over the last 2 decades…from a dyed-in-the-wool conservative to a card carrying left-liberal to a classical liberal…finally concluding the journey of political thought as a voluntarist. Being in literally all available camps allows him to empathise with each of these groups and at the same time, makes him cognizant to the lacunae & fallacies underlying these worldviews.

Sameer is a strong pro-freedom voice, freedom of speech & freedom of trade being the two issues closest to his heart. He brings to the table a combination of expansive anecdotal experience & a strong theoretical base.


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    [-] Mekin Maheshwari 2 years ago

    Hi Sameer,

    I am a co-editor for the Society track & find your talk interesting. Have you done this session before? What is the flow in your mind? Could you share slides/video?

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      [-] Sameer Panje 2 years ago

      Thanks for the response. I have done this talk earlier, but unfortunately, do not have a video. This would be a free flow talk where I won’t be using slides.

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      [-] Sameer Panje 2 years ago

      I do however, have a facebook post on the contents of the talk which you may peruse FWIW. Please let me know some way I may share it privately with you.

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    [-] Sameer Panje 2 years ago

    Resources for further exploration of the subject…

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