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March 2013

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March 2013

Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics
Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
Photo: Nick Wheeler

¤ 21 March 2013
Translations: English (original) .

Democracy today is challenged, radically, deeply, fatefully. Born and cultivated in the ancient world as the face-to-face participatory township, and successfully re-imagined in the early modern world as the representative nation-state, it must now adapt to a global, networked, interdependent world. Or likely perish. To survive actually, it must find ways to establish itself virtually. To preserve its local vitality, it must achieve a global compass. Society‘s naturally expanding scale is forever outdistancing democracy‘s naturally limited compass. That was the issue confronted by ancient direct democracy, above all in Athens and Rome; and it remains the issue confronting those who today aspire to fashion a new age of global democracy.

Source: Read this interesting discussion on the "three ages of democracy" by Benjamin R. Barber, political theorist and author.

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