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Switzerland's democracy gave us the best wristwatches and chocolates. Italy's autocracies gave us universities, medical schools, hospitals, sewers, running water, paved streets and roads, bridges, the Renaissance, modern cities and states, productive agriculture and fisheries, maritime commerce, sanitary infrastructures, the European consciousness, civilisation as we know it. An individual may be wise, or unwise. Is there such a thing as collective wisdom?