The political theory of democracy
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- Was Democracy Just a Moment?
- By David Blackwell, 2 January 1998. Highlights of a
much-discussed article by Robert D. Kaplan,
Democracy Just a Moment? He argues that the diffusion
of representative democracy throughout the world is
problematic. Sees need for a neo-authoritarian transition
to democracy outside the West.
- ...and what a
- By Mumia Abu-Jamal, Workers World, 13 May
2004. We are told that democracy means
the rule of the
people. But is that really the case, not merely in
Iraq, but in the United States itself? The principle of
self-rule has been betrayed. To talk about democracy is
not enough. It must be practiced. Its best practice is
protest and dissent.
- A thousand dusty codicils filed under: law
& order protest; Little by little, democracy is being
- By George Monbiot, The Guardian, 3 August
2004. Only the people will
hold government to account. The mechanisms are electoral
challenge (if there is substantial differences between
parties) or by registering our discontent. This last
option is being constrained.
- The least bad system is in need of change:
- By José Saramago, Le Monde diplomatique,
August 2004. For democracy to work properly, it must
remain accountable to ordinary people and not suborn
power. It is hard to avoid asking whether modern economic
empires are not radical opponents of democracy, even if a
pretence at it is maintained for the moment.