I’ve started looking at some of Voltaire’s philosophy on government, and was surprised to find the following summary :
"Voltaire believed that the best form of government was a constitutional monarchy governed by an “enlightened despot.” The king should have limited power and should be advised by an oligarchy of philosophers, an intellectual aristocracy which would replace the rigid French aristocracy based solely on lineage.
Though he had great sympathy for the oppressed, Voltaire was in no sense a democrat. He thought the common people were too stupid, ill-educated, and selfish to make wise decisions about government and wanted them to be well-treated but kept as far away from political power as possible.
Much of Voltaire’s commentary on government is reactionary and deals with the specific abuses he encountered in eighteenth-century France. He is often regarded as a classical liberal, particularly in his defenses of free speech and denunciations of tyrannical government and in his opposition to extremism of all kinds."
So, I’m coming to the Cardano community, hoping for some insight into the choice of using Voltaire as the face and name of Cardano’s governance era. Do the IOHK developers (and/or Charles Hoskinson) and the Cardano Foundation agree with Voltaire’s assessment of democracy? Is Cardano going to be used to promote a more liquid democracy, or used to bring about an oligarchy of philosophers, and an intellectual aristocracy?
P.S. I’m no expert in Voltaires philosophy, but I agree with most of what I’ve read from his writings, except for his views on democracy. I always thought Cardano represented a huge step forward for increasing and improving democracy, and I feel like I’m missing something important here, and hoping someone will enlighten me. Why does Voltaire represent Cardano Governance?