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ISBN-10: 1541673026
ISBN-13: 9781541673021
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 08/30/2022
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Two Cheers for Politics: Why Democracy Is Flawed, Frightening–And Our Best Hope

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One of the country’s most astute legal scholars explains how American political culture disempowers ordinary citizens and makes the case for a reinvigorated democracy

Americans across the political spectrum agree that our democracy is in crisis. We view our political opponents with disdain, if not terror, and an increasing number of us are willing to consider authoritarian alternatives. In Two Cheers for Politics, Jedediah Purdy argues that this heated political culture is a symptom not of too much democracy but too little. Today, the decisions that most affect our lives and our communities are often made outside the political realm entirely, as market ideology, constitutional law, and cultural norms effectively remove broad swaths of collective life from the table of collective decision. The result is a weakened and ineffective political system and an increasingly unequal and polarized society. If we wish to renew that society, we’ll need to claw back the ground that we’ve ceded to anti-politics and entrust one another with the power to shape our common life.

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"A nuanced prescription for a politics remade in the wake of the Trump era . . . Purdy argues convincingly that reforms must address issues such as economic and social inequality, predatory capitalism, and 'systems of relentless, hierarchical pressure.' The alternative is to lose democracy, he warns, which is to surrender any decision making authority over our own lives."

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ISBN-10: 1541673026
ISBN-13: 9781541673021
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 08/30/2022
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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