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On democracy

Author: Saddam Hussein; Paul Chan; Jeff Severns Guntzel; Negar Azimi; Nickolas Calabrese
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Badlands Unlimited ; Athens : Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 2003, after returning from a month-long stay in Baghdad, American artist Paul Chan was given a gift from a colleague in the human rights group Voices of the Wilderness: a copy of three speeches on democracy written by Saddam Hussein in the 1970s, before he became president of Iraq. The speeches, compiled here for the first time in English, are politically perverse, yet eerily familiar. The then-vice president of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saddam Hussein; Paul Chan; Jeff Severns Guntzel; Negar Azimi; Nickolas Calabrese
ISBN: 9781936440320 1936440326
OCLC Number: 794365121
Notes: "Essays adapted from Saddam Hussein : Selected Works, Volume II : Democracy (Baghdad : Dar Al Ma'mun for Translation and Publishing, 1992)"--Title page verso.
Description: 136 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction / Jeff Severns Guntzel ; Three speeches / Saddam Hussein. Democracy : a source of strength for the individual and society, Council of Planning, July 10, 1977 ; Democracy : a comprehensive conception of life, Council of Planning, July 26, 1977 ; Democracy : a principled and practical necessity, Meeting of ABSP's Regional Leadership, January 29, 1978 --
Saddam Hussein and the state as sculpture / Negar Azimi --
Kant, Mill, Hussein? / Nickolas Calabrese.
Responsibility: by Saddam Hussein ; [editor, Paul Chan] ; artwork by Paul Chan.

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"In 2003, after returning from a month-long stay in Baghdad, American artist Paul Chan was given a gift from a colleague in the human rights group Voices of the Wilderness: a copy of three speeches on democracy written by Saddam Hussein in the 1970s, before he became president of Iraq. The speeches, compiled here for the first time in English, are politically perverse, yet eerily familiar. The then-vice president of Iraq characterizes social democracy as demanding authority, and defines free will as the patriotic duty to uphold the good of the state. This volume takes the speeches as an opportunity to ask what democracy means from the standpoint of a notorious political figure who was anything but democratic, and to reflect on how promises of freedom and security can mask the reality of repressive regimes"--Publisher description.

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