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Aristotle and Clearing the Air

I should cleanse the philsophical air with a rebuttal quote to my previous post about the limitations of democracy. I would also like to mention that I believe democracy to be as good a government as exists at the time, but it seems to breed laziness, a laziness of the intellect. People seem to be unable to discern attributes in their leaders that are actually positive or negative in proper leadership, rather than ones that are perceived to be so.

Democracy in itself might be a positive, but if we use the following quote as a benchmark, then the American manifestation of democracy is creeping further and further towards an oligarchy.

On a side note of appreciation, Aristotle is as relevant now as he ever was.

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.”
— Aristotle
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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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