By Paul Lucardie
Democracy and extremism are typically regarded as opposites. We think that our procedure (in the united kingdom, america, the Netherlands etc.) is democratic, and extremists try and ruin our procedure and introduce a few form of dictatorship, if now not chaos and anarchy. but in lots of situations, the extremists look honest of their try and build a extra democratic polity. therefore, they are often known 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 publication analyses radical and severe democratic theories and ideas of their historic context, interlocked with critical descriptions of ancient associations and experiments that aid to judge the theories. circumstances variety from historic Athens to fresh experiments with citizen juries and citizen assemblies, from the time-honoured Swiss Landsgemeinde to modern (and arguable) staff’ councils in Venezuela and participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre. one of the theorists mentioned listed here are regular names in addition to really unknown folks: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Marx, Murray Bookchin and John Burnheim, William Godwin and Barbara Goodwin, Anton Pannekoek and Heinz Dieterich. while the extraordinary rules don't appear to paintings rather well in perform, they do point out methods by means of which we can make latest political structures extra democratic.
This publication might be of curiosity to scholars of Politics and present Affairs, in addition to notion to political activists and reformists.
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