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Is Democracy Dangerous? | The School of Lady Leshurr

MAN: Right, this is the moment
you’ve all been waiting for. A hard-fought
election campaign. I’m ready
to announce the winner. [THEME MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR:
The School of Life is sending
some of YouTube’s
most popular creators
on a series of field trips,to explore some of philosophy’s
most intriguing ideas.
This time…♪ I be the one they love
I be the don
♪ They know where I’m from♪ 01 to the 21, yo bredrin♪ Where has
your hairline gone? ♪
Lady Leshurr,
a rapper and content creator
is taking time out
from her day job
to show that the great thing
about democracy
is that absolutely anyone
can run for office.
And the terrible thing
about democracy
is that absolutely anyone
could end up in power.
I’m at a school
in South London.
I’m about to go
into a mini election.And I’m trying to get
the kids to vote for me,
to get me into power. Before we get started, here’s a short guide
to democracy. NARRATOR:A 60-second guide
to democracy.
Democracy is the most
perfect system of government
ever invented.
It’s also delivered
some of the worst decisions
ever made.
It was the ancient Greeks
who had the democracy
light-bulb moment.
But Socrates,one of its
most famous thinkers,
thought it was a stupid
and dangerous idea.
Because the choice made
by the people
could only ever be as goodas the intelligence
and education of the people.
Would you want
the course of a ship
you were sailing on
to be decided by
an experienced sea captain
or left off to everyonewho just happened
to be onboard, he asked.
Good point.Because while
a properly-operated democracy
would always deliver
the result that
the majority wants,
whether that’s the right resultis another question entirely.After all,
we’re flawed and fickle beings
who can easily be bribed,
tricked or charmed
into choosing things
which are bad for us.
And in an age of fake news,
social media and big data,
that’s truer now than ever.So, might it be better
if we weren’t calling
all the shots?
You decide.Actually, maybe don’t.Democracy is a great idea
in theory.
But the quality of the outcomedepends on the voters
understanding the choices
they’re making.
It’s the hype in the buzz
of a party that will make people
be persuaded.A lot of things are based
on popularity.
It’s a popularity contest.But I’ve got a few tricks
up my sleeves to persuade them. NARRATOR:In her bid for power,Lady Leshurr will be going
against the people
who know the children best,
their teachers.Head of Maths, Mr. Beazley.And head of languages,
Ms. Smerald.
Now is the time
where we actually have to meet
our political rival. [CHILDREN CHEERING] NARRATOR:
The kids have no reason
to think that Lady Leshurr,
a rapper with zero experience
of running a school,
will be a better candidate
than their teachers.
But on the level playing field
of democracy,
both she and her rivalswill be presenting
their manifestos.
Up first is Mr. Beazley.…education is the most
important factor in shaping young people’s lives. So, we will continue
setting regular homework, -so that you can
continue learning…
-[CHILDREN EXCLAIMING] …even when you’re at home. -[CHILDREN BOOING]
-[LADY LESHURR LAUGHING] -That’s boring.
-[CHILDREN LAUGHING] I want to give you guys
no uniforms. [CHILDREN CHEERING LOUDLY] I want you guys to have
your phone on deck
whenever you want. [CHEERING LOUDLY] NARRATOR:Next up
for the teachers, Ms. Smerald.
…English, maths, science. As the world changes, they are more important
I want more exciting lessons. So, instead of maths, why don’t we replace that -with a gaming room.
-[INAUDIBLE ] Instead of art class,
we’re going to do make-up. [CHEERING] BEAZLEY: We will be providing
extra tutorials with teachers, even during breaks -and after school.
And last but not least, I feel we need longer breaks
for you people. Later starts
and earlier finishes. -GIRL: Yeah!
-What does that sound like? [CHILDREN CHEERING LOUDLY] If this is a better option
to these guys, then please vote for me. [CHEERING] NARRATOR:
With manifestoes presented,
the campaign can begin.Lady Leshurr is running
a fresh, colorful,
glossy campaign
which focuses on style
over substance.
This is in total contrast
to the teachers’ approach.
LADY LESHURR:Just giving
the kids couple of t-shirts
and lollipops,
I can persuade them
to vote for me.
So, goes to show
it’s a popularity contest.
So, everybody gets one vote. NARRATOR:We like to believe
that we are rational beings
who make only
logical decisions.
But election results
are affected
by a range of factors
that show we can be anything
but rational.
All the votes are in
and counted.
Who have the kids
decided to elect?
Right, this is the moment
you’ve all been waiting for. A hard-fought election campaign. I’m ready to announce
the winner. With 86% of the vote… -Lady Leshurr.
Even Lady Leshurr
is surprised
by the size
of her landslide victory.
And she’s keen to understandwhy so few of the children
voted for the teachers.
Why do you think only six people
voted for the teachers, though? Only six people
wanted to realize
that fun’s later and education’s now. -I know being 15,
it’s all about fun.
-LADY LESHURR: Yeah. But those six people,
they’ve knuckled down, and they know what they want. People our age,
it’s all the things
we’d rather have, but we know that it’s not
the things that we need, even though that’s the things
that we want. I love that. Come on,
we need to give a little clap. NARRATOR:
We might all be wise
to think carefully
before making our choices.History is full of examplesof democratically-elected
who cast their
election promises aside,
-once they got into power.
-[INAUDIBLE] I’ve just turned up. First day that you guys
have met me. You’ve known these teachers
for years now, and a lot of you chose
to side with me. And the reality is
I’m not gonna give you nothing.♪ Bruh ♪LADY LESHURR:
I just gave you broken promises, to see how people
were gonna vote for me, just giving out lollies
and being funny and being more relatable. But reality is,
a lot of the time, we don’t know
what we’re voting for. NARRATOR:
Getting the most votes
doesn’t always mean
being the best candidate.
Too often we’re left to ask,
“Did the right party win?”
Or just the party
with the biggest party
and the loudest voice?
There’s no guarantee that
the decision of the majority
will be a good or a safe one.So, how can we
protect ourselves
from the dangers
of democracy?
We’re not allowed
to drive a car
without passing a driving test.What if we had to prove
that we were competent to vote?
Then again, who would get
to design the test?
We’ll leave that one
for the people to decide.
Leave your comments below.LADY LESHURR:I think
a lot of the time
we get influenced
by our friends
or the people we surround
our self around to give a final opinion -or judgement on something.
-Yeah. Anything that seems
too fun straight away, usually they don’t last
for long. Are you going to vote
in the future? Definitely, yeah.
It’s my future. I love that. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, make sure you subscribe
to The School of Life,
YouTube channel right now to watch
the rest of the series. [THEME MUSIC PLAYING]

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