By Paul Lucardie
Democracy and extremism tend to be regarded as opposites. We think that our process (in the united kingdom, the united states, the Netherlands etc.) is democratic, and extremists attempt to damage our method and introduce a few type of dictatorship, if no longer chaos and anarchy. but in lots of circumstances, the extremists look honest of their try to build a extra democratic polity. therefore, they are often referred to as democrats and but additionally extremists, in as far as they attempt for a regime with features which are extra severe in an important sense.
This ebook analyses radical and severe democratic theories and ideas of their historic context, interlocked with critical descriptions of old associations and experiments that aid to judge the theories. circumstances diversity from historical Athens to contemporary experiments with citizen juries and citizen assemblies, from the time-honoured Swiss Landsgemeinde to modern (and arguable) employees’ councils in Venezuela and participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre. one of the theorists mentioned listed here are primary names in addition to rather unknown individuals: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Marx, Murray Bookchin and John Burnheim, William Godwin and Barbara Goodwin, Anton Pannekoek and Heinz Dieterich. while the intense rules don't appear to paintings rather well in perform, they do point out methods by means of which we can make current political platforms extra democratic.
This publication might be of curiosity to scholars of Politics and present Affairs, in addition to concept to political activists and reformists.
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