Radical Democracy

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C. Douglas Lummis reminds us that democracy literally means a political state in which the people (demos) have the power (kratia). The people referred to are not people of a certain class or gender or color. They are, in fact, the poorest and largest body of citizens. Democracy is and always has been the most radical proposal, and constitutes a critique of every sort of centralized power. Lummis distinguishes true democracy from the inequitable incarnations referred to in contemporary liberal usage. He weaves ...
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Overview

C. Douglas Lummis reminds us that democracy literally means a political state in which the people (demos) have the power (kratia). The people referred to are not people of a certain class or gender or color. They are, in fact, the poorest and largest body of citizens. Democracy is and always has been the most radical proposal, and constitutes a critique of every sort of centralized power. Lummis distinguishes true democracy from the inequitable incarnations referred to in contemporary liberal usage. He weaves commentary on classic texts with personal anecdotes and reflections on current events. Writing from Japan and drawing on his own experience in the Philippines at the height of People's Power, Lummis brings a cross-cultural perspective to issues such as economic development and popular mobilization. He warns against the fallacy of associating free markets or the current world economic order with democracy and argues for transborder democratic action. Rejecting the ways in which technology imposes its own needs, Lummis asks what work would look like in a truly democratic society. He argues us to remember that democracy should mean a fundamental stance toward the world and toward one's fellow human beings. So understood, it offers an effective cure for what he terms "the social disease called political cynicism."
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"Lummis insists that the hope of global democracy rests on faith in our fellow human beings. The move to embrace this faith conquers cynicism and gives one hope and the ability to act."—Thomas Harrison, The Nation

"The strongest point of Radical Democracy is Lummis' finely balanced attitude of detachment and commitment that nurtures a generosity of spirit expressed in a direct and attractive prose style."—Michael A. Weinstein, Society

"This is a book that deserves to be read by economists, both faculty and students, especially those adhering to a radical political position."—Michael Keaney, Glasgow Caledonia University. Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 32, 2000

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801431692
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Extracts 1
Introduction 9
1 Radical Democracy 14
2 Antidemocratic Development 45
3 Antidemocratic Machines 79
4 Democracy's Flawed Tradition 111
5 The Democratic Virtues 143
Conclusion: Persephone's Return 159
Notes 165
Index 179
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