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By Steven Johnston

ISBN-10: 1107100607

ISBN-13: 9781107100602

ISBN-10: 1107496675

ISBN-13: 9781107496675

Violence and tragedy riddle democracy - now not because of deadly shortcomings or pointless disasters, yet due to its very layout and luck. To articulate this troubling declare, Steven Johnston explores the cruelty of democratic founding, the brutal use democracies make of electorate and animals in the course of wartime, the ambiguous effects of legislative motion expressive of majority rule, and militant practices of citizenship required to house democracy's enemies. Democracy needs to take accountability for its good fortune: to rule in denial of violence in basic terms replicates it. Johnston hence demands the improvement of a sad democratic politics and proposes institutional and civic responses to democracy's reign, together with the reinvention of tragic gala's and vacation trips, a brand new breed of public memorials, and obligatory congressional reparations periods. Theorizing the violent puzzle of democracy, Johnston addresses vintage and modern political thought, movies, little recognized monuments, the subversive song of Bruce Springsteen, and the opportunity of democratic violence by way of the folk themselves.

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