Category Archives: Democracy

Kant on Constitutional Legitimacy and Revolution

In light of the extraordinary and inspirational events in North Africa, it’s interesting to reflect on Kant’s political philosophy – especially his rather ambivalent conclusions on constitutional legitimacy and the right to rebel against oppressive regimes. (I am using Reiss, … Continue reading

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Again, Zizek on Egypt

Because we can never have too much Zizek (right?), here’s some more from The Guardian: The most sublime moment occurred when Muslims and Coptic Christians engaged in common prayer on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, chanting “We are one!” – providing the … Continue reading

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Zizek on Egypt and Tunisia in Revolt

Over at The Guardian: Here, then, is the moment of truth: one cannot claim, as in the case of Algeria a decade ago, that allowing truly free elections equals delivering power to Muslim fundamentalists. Another liberal worry is that there … Continue reading

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Richard Wolin – Ghosts of a Tortured Past: Europe’s Right Turn

In the Winter 2011 issue of Dissent, Richard Wolin reflects on the numerous right-wing victories in Europe the past decade, as well as the rather ambivalent role of the intellectual in combating the ethnocentric or “racial state”: The question of … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate repeals “don’t ask, don’t tell”

Finally. Didn’t think I’d ever give a major thumbs-up to Lieberman. Of course, cue obligatory John McCain lowlight: “I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage,” Mr. McCain said. “And … Continue reading

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Ontario Ombudsman’s report comes down hard on G20 summit security law

Finally, some progress in the investigation regarding the illegality of the security laws enacted prior to the G20 summit: In their haste to bump up G20 security, Ontario authorities kept silent on a convoluted amendment to 71-year-old legislation that was … Continue reading

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I cite’s Jodi Dean on democracy and the internet

Has the internet ushered in a new era of mass participation and greater democracy? Or has the communications and networking revolution encouraged millions on the Left to be politically passive, while neoliberal capitalism strengthens its position? In her book Democracy … Continue reading

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