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This approach combines the virtues of direct democracy with the benefits of meritocratic technocracy, which leverages data to make long-term, utilitarian decisions. Simply put, a direct technocracy marries good ideas and efficient execution.Combining the best elements of these two regimes would produce an ideal system – the kind of system that could actually respond to the demands of the disillusioned U.S. voters who elected Trump.Americans also tend to view meritocracy and technocracy as "rule by elites" – and, specifically, liberal elites. But technocracy is not a liberal phenomenon.Just as there is no perfect democracy, there is no perfect technocracy.But, in an increasingly complex world, meritocratic and utilitarian technocracy is likely to produce far better outcomes than today's divisive and fact-averse populism.
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