Democracy Project A History, a Crisis, a Movement

ISBN-10: 081299356X
ISBN-13: 9780812993561
Edition: 2013
Authors: David Graeber
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—as seen through the lens of the most transformative political movements of our time and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we—average citizens—make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, offers the perfect book to address these urgent questions. Beginning with the most recent democratic activist movements in America and abroad, he takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today—from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy—one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation—can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want. Reinventing Democracytells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope.

Introduction
The Beginning Is Near
Why Did It Work?
"The Mob Begin to Think and to Reason" The Covert History of Democracy
How Change Happens
Breaking the Spell
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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