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The Resource Democracy may not exist, but we'll miss it when it's gone, Astra Taylor

Democracy may not exist, but we'll miss it when it's gone, Astra Taylor

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Democracy may not exist, but we'll miss it when it's gone
Title
Democracy may not exist, but we'll miss it when it's gone
Statement of responsibility
Astra Taylor
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What is democracy really? What do we mean when we use the term? And can it ever truly exist? Astra Taylor, hailed as a "New Civil Rights Leader" (LA Times), provides surprising answers. There is no shortage of democracy, at least in name, and yet it is in crisis everywhere we look. From a cabal of thieving plutocrats in the White House to campaign finance and gerrymandering, it is clear that democracy--specifically the principle of government by and for the people--is not living up to its promise. In Democracy Might Not Exist, Astra Taylor shows that real democracy--fully inclusive and completely egalitarian--has in fact never existed. In a tone that is both philosophical and anecdotal, weaving together history, theory, the stories of individuals, and interviews with such leading thinkers as Cornel West, Danielle Allen, and Slavoj Zizek, Taylor invites us to reexamine the term. Is democracy a means or an end, a process or a set of desired outcomes? What if the those outcomes, whatever they may be--peace, prosperity, equality, liberty, an engaged citizenry--can be achieved by non-democratic means? Or if an election leads to a terrible outcome? If democracy means rule by the people, what does it mean to rule and who counts as the people? The inherent paradoxes are unnamed and unrecognized. By teasing them, Democracy Might not Exist offers a better understanding of what is possible, what we want, and why democracy is so hard to realize"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Taylor, Astra
Dewey number
321.8
Index
index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.T3195 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Democracy
Label
Democracy may not exist, but we'll miss it when it's gone, Astra Taylor
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-339) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Free to be winners and losers (freedom/equality) -- Shouting as one (conflict/consensus) -- Give me liberty of give me death (taken/given) -- Choose this, or else! (coercion/choice) -- Is this what democracy looks like? (spontaneous/structured) -- A Socratic mob (masses/experts) -- A ruin or a habitation (present/future) -- Conclusion : the anti-democratic urge
Control code
on1047576170
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 357 pages
Isbn
9781250179845
Lccn
2018029509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1047576170
Label
Democracy may not exist, but we'll miss it when it's gone, Astra Taylor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-339) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Free to be winners and losers (freedom/equality) -- Shouting as one (conflict/consensus) -- Give me liberty of give me death (taken/given) -- Choose this, or else! (coercion/choice) -- Is this what democracy looks like? (spontaneous/structured) -- A Socratic mob (masses/experts) -- A ruin or a habitation (present/future) -- Conclusion : the anti-democratic urge
Control code
on1047576170
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 357 pages
Isbn
9781250179845
Lccn
2018029509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1047576170

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