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Book Review Symposium: The Down-Deep Delight of Democracy, by Mark Purcell

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The answer to the age-old question "What is to be done?" is democracy, according

    to Purcell, but only if by democracy we mean a form of self-rule in which all the standard

    institutions of power such as the state, the church, the judiciary, and so on, have been

    abolished. We must, in effect, reclaim democracy from itself, or at least from the version

    that obtains in most so-called democratic countries, wherein the election of political

    representatives amounts to a wholesale abrogation of one's rights. In a parlimentary

    democracy, our elected representatives do not speak for us, they speak instead of us, and

    most of the time they seem to speak in spite of us. The Occupy Wall Street movement's

    key slogan "We are the 99%" sought to make exactly this point. Indeed, the entire Occupy

    campaign focused on this basic fact of modern life: government might be of the people,

    but it hardly every seems to be for the people.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. M. (2013). Book Review Symposium: The Down-Deep Delight of Democracy, by Mark Purcell. Global Discourse: An interdisciplinary and applied contemporary thought, 3 (3-4), 525-535.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 525

End Page


  • 535

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 3-4

Abstract


  • The answer to the age-old question "What is to be done?" is democracy, according

    to Purcell, but only if by democracy we mean a form of self-rule in which all the standard

    institutions of power such as the state, the church, the judiciary, and so on, have been

    abolished. We must, in effect, reclaim democracy from itself, or at least from the version

    that obtains in most so-called democratic countries, wherein the election of political

    representatives amounts to a wholesale abrogation of one's rights. In a parlimentary

    democracy, our elected representatives do not speak for us, they speak instead of us, and

    most of the time they seem to speak in spite of us. The Occupy Wall Street movement's

    key slogan "We are the 99%" sought to make exactly this point. Indeed, the entire Occupy

    campaign focused on this basic fact of modern life: government might be of the people,

    but it hardly every seems to be for the people.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. M. (2013). Book Review Symposium: The Down-Deep Delight of Democracy, by Mark Purcell. Global Discourse: An interdisciplinary and applied contemporary thought, 3 (3-4), 525-535.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 525

End Page


  • 535

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 3-4