Like Jean-Charles de Borda, “capitaine et savant” to quote the statue in L’École Navale in Brest, Peter Emerson was initially a sailor, but only a lieutenant ; next, a volunteer maths/physics teacher in Nairobi ; then a founder of the NI GP in Belfast; and now the director of the de Borda Institute. A linguist, he has worked in other conflict zones, not least the Balkans and the Caucasus. In 2017, he gave a lecture entitled So, What is Democracy Anyway? at TedXVienna, and his latest work is Majority Voting as a Catalyst of Populism, (Springer, 2019). He is also the founder member of the Irish and NI Green Parties ; director of the de Borda Institute and author of Majority Voting as a Catalyst of Populism (Springer, Heidelberg).
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No-one has the right to rule by force of arms, violence; and no one has the right to dominate others by force of numbers: majority voting. So how should the Greens in particular, and society in general, make democratic decisions?Read more