For example, most people

 

For example, most people would not ask a dentist to fix a car, or a plumber for investment advice.

That implies that people are smart enough to take a car to a mechanic, but not smart enough to elect good representatives.  I disagree.  I think most people are smarter than you think.  And, collectively, they are smarter than any expert, or group of experts, you can imagine.

Certainly democracy is an improvement on authoritarian leadership, but Expert Government is the next step.

I disagree.  Your "Expert Government" can only exist if someone decides who is, or is not, an "expert,"  which weeds out anyone not deemed an "expert." This leaves the decision making to those who write the pre-requisites and qualifications determining who is an expert.  Your system would give the power of "who may represent the people" entirely to those who determine "expertice."  This, in my opinion, would inevitably lead to the authoritarian and "elitist" system you think it would avoid.  I would much prefer to trust the wisdom of the entire citizenry than trust some pre-requisite writing weed puller.

Democracy may not be the only answer, but it's still the best.

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