Demotic Moments

Demotic Moments

Democracy is by nature a work in progress. In the course of Western history, there are very few occurrences when the demos became a politically self-conscious actor. What do these moments teach us? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! …

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Inverted Totalitarianism: Antecedents and Precedents

Inverted Totalitarianism: Antecedents and Precedents

The Republican Party in the U.S. has committed the double betrayal of democracy and the Constitution. Is the Founding Fathers’ defiance against democracy an antecedent to its subversion today? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: Being the result …

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Domestic Politics in the Era of Superpower and Empire

Domestic Politics in the Era of Superpower and Empire

Corporate money in politics, notably through lobbying and campaign contributions, is the cancer of American democracy. What was its genesis and how far has it metastasized? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: Being the result of personal work, …

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Intellectual Elites against Democracy

Intellectual Elites against Democracy

The “confusion and intemperance” of the multitude, as alluded to by the Founding Father James Madison, has long been the rationale of a government by the elite. How is elitism legitimized today? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: …

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The Politics of Superpower: Managed Democracy

The Politics of Superpower: Managed Democracy

Corporate power is no longer an external force that occasionally influences policies and legislation; it is an integral part of the government. What are the main aspects of its “management” of democracy? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: …

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The Dynamics of the Archaic

The Dynamics of the Archaic

The Republican party has made itself the champion of religious, constitutional, and economic fundamentalism. What power dynamic does it seek by combining these ideological choices? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: Being the result of personal work, this …

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The Dynamics of Transformation

The Dynamics of Transformation

“American superpower,” “the greatest power in history,” or, more recently, “America first” are slogans objectively running against constitutional democracy. How did they become part of American political values? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: Being the result of …

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The Utopian Theory of Superpower: The Official Version

The Utopian Theory of Superpower: The Official Version

Promising “democracy, development, free markets, and free trade” to the world in the wake of 9/11, the U.S. administration unwittingly proved that market fundamentalism and democracy are polar opposites. This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: Being the result …

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The New World of Terror

The New World of Terror

The war on terror was supposed to sign the dawn of a new world era. What does its “new world” mythology rest upon and how do we, the people, come to accept fear as the principle of political power? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest …

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Democracy’s Perversion

Democracy’s Perversion

Drawing on previous administrations’ political legacy, President G. W. Bush’s doctrine explicitly equated being the “greatest power in the world” and being a democracy. But which is it: democracy or superpower? This post is part of a reading series of Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon S. Wolin. For quick access to all chapters, click here. As in any book club, you are kindly invited to let the rest of us know what you think! Disclaimer: Being …

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