Five Essential Texts on Democracy

We asked a leading political theorist for help understanding the meaning of democracy and the elite reaction to it.

“This new monster.” That, wrote C. L. R. James, is what democracy once was. So it remained for nearly two centuries, promising to devour the elite and the elect. Then something happened. “Democracy” became a word of containment, the companion of capitalism. Democracy wasn’t a monster. It was your friend, defending you from the monster. Despite — or […]

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