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Democracy in spite of the demos : from Arendt to the Frankfurt School

Author: Larry Alan Busk
Publisher: London ; New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, [2020] ©2020
Series: Reinventing critical theory.
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"The value of democracy is taken for granted today, even by those interested in criticizing the fundamental structures of society. Things would be better, the argument goes, if only things were more democratic. The word "democracy" means "the power of the people," and scholars with a critical and progressive outlook often invoke this meaning as a way of justifying the honorific status accorded to the term: the power  Read more...
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Busk, Larry Alan, 1990-
Democracy in spite of the demos
London ; New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020.
(DLC) 2019051830
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Alan Busk
ISBN: 9781786615251 1786615258
OCLC Number: 1127856843
Description: xx, 173 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The categorical imperative of democracy --
Arendt’s island of freedom --
Democracy at its limits: Ranciére, Mouffe, and Laclau --
From “False democracy” to false demos: adorno, marcuse, and climate skepticism --
What is elitism?
Series Title: Reinventing critical theory.
Responsibility: Larry Alan Busk.

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"The value of democracy is taken for granted today, even by those interested in criticizing the fundamental structures of society. Things would be better, the argument goes, if only things were more democratic. The word "democracy" means "the power of the people," and scholars with a critical and progressive outlook often invoke this meaning as a way of justifying the honorific status accorded to the term: the power of the people to resist racism, sexism, imperialism, climate change, etc. But if the people have the power to resist these structures of domination and inequality, they also have the power to reinforce them. By treating democracy as an end in itself, political theorists of a critical bent overwhelmingly assume that the demos, if given the opportunity, will advance progressive or even radical politics. But given the recent successes of right-wing populism, and the persistence of pathological views such as climate skepticism, is this assumption still warranted? If not, then can democracy really save us?"--

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