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Inspiring Participatory Democracy

Author: Tom Hayden
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317257499
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The famous 1962 Port Huron Statement by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) introduced the concept of participatory democracy to popular discourse and practice. In Inspiring Participatory Democracy Tom Hayden, one of the principal architects of the statement, analyses its historical impact and relevance to today's movements. Inspiring Participatory Democracy includes the full transcript of the Port Huron statment and shows how it played an important role in the movements for black civil rights, against the Vietnam war and for the Freedom of Information Act. Published during the year of Port Huron's 50th anniversary, Inspiring Participatory Democracy will be of great interest to readers interested in social history, politics and social activism.

Verfassung Geschichte Gegenwart Zukunft

Author: Ulrike Davy
Publisher: Nomos Verlag
ISBN: 3845290102
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In Dieter Grimm's work, the concepts of 'constitution' and 'constitutionalism' are recurring themes throughout his entire scholarly life. In the years Grimm spent at the University of Bielefeld, his work focused on the emergence of constitutions in 18th and 19th century Europe and the United States, and on the history and meaning of the concept of constitution. Following that period, interpreting German Basic Law (Grundgesetz), comparative constitutional work, the legal bases of European integration and the constitutional quality of primary EU law became key areas of Grimm's research. More recently, the future of the European Union has been a key subject in his writings. Dieter Grimm's work on these topics, including some relevant contexts such as the political movements of the 1970s and the academic culture in Bielefeld, was discussed at an interdisciplinary colloquium held at the Bielefeld Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZiF) in July 2017.


Author: Michael Hardt
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593508737
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Das lang erwartete Buch von Antonio Negri und Michael Hardt! Seit rechte Bewegungen weltweit erstarken, wird die Frage immer dringlicher, wie man demokratische Bewegungen effektiv organisieren kann. Wie lässt sich verhindern, dass Soziale Bewegungen versanden? Wie kann man ohne charismatische Anführer wie Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King oder Rudi Dutschke gesellschaftlichen Wandel erreichen? Occupy Wall Street und Black Lives Matter haben bereits wichtige Ansätze erprobt. Der Schlüssel, so Michael Hardt und Antonio Negri, liegt in der Macht, die entsteht, wenn die "Multitude" gemeinsam politisch entscheidet und handelt. Ihr Buch ist eine Kritik des Neoliberalismus und der kapitalistischen Produktionsweise. Ein Plädoyer für innovative demokratische Möglichkeiten und ein Unternehmertum, das auf neuen Formen der Kooperation beruht. "Eine kluge und eingehende Untersuchung marxistischer Politik für ein neues Jahrhundert" Publishers Weekly "Ein überzeugendes wie provokatives Buch" taz "Grandiose Gesellschaftsanalyse" Die Zeit über "Empire"

Dewey S Dream

Author: Lee Benson
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781592135936
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Realizing Dewey's vision of making public schools the seedbed of a democratic society.

The Port Huron Statement

Author: Richard Flacks
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812246926
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The Port Huron Statement was the most important manifesto of the New Left student movement of the 1960s. Initially drafted by Tom Hayden and debated over the course of three days in 1962 at a meeting of student leaders, the statement was issued by Students for a Democratic Society as their founding document. Its key idea, "participatory democracy," proved a watchword for Sixties radicalism that has also reemerged in popular protests from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. Featuring essays by some of the original contributors as well as prominent scholars who were influenced by the manifesto, The Port Huron Statement probes the origins, content, and contemporary influence of the document that heralded the emergence of a vibrant New Left in American culture and politics. Opening with an essay by Tom Hayden that provides a sweeping reflection on the document's enduring significance, the volume explores the diverse intellectual and cultural roots of the Statement, the uneasy dynamics between liberals and radicals that led to and followed this convergence, the ways participatory democracy was defined and deployed in the 1960s, and the continuing resonances this idea has for political movements today. An appendix includes the complete text of the original document. The Port Huron Statement offers a vivid portrait of a unique moment in the history of radicalism, showing that the ideas that inspired a generation of young radicals more than half a century ago are just as important and provocative today. Contributors: Robert Cohen, Richard Flacks, Jennifer Frost, Daniel Geary, Barbara Haber, Grace Elizabeth Hale, Tom Hayden, Michael Kazin, Nelson Lichtenstein, Jane Mansbridge, Lisa McGirr, James Miller, Robert J. S. Ross, Michael Vester, Erik Olin Wright.

Protest Nation

Author: Timothy McCarthy
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586067
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Protest Nation is a guide through the speeches, letters, broadsides, essays, and manifestos that form the backbone of the American radical tradition in the twentieth century. With examples from socialists, feminists, union organizers, civil-rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists that have served as beacons for millions, the volume also includes brief introductory essays by the editors that provide a rich biographical and historical context for each selection included. Selections include a fiery speech by socialist Eugene Debs, an astonishing treatise on animal liberation by Peter Singer, "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk's "The Hope Speech" and many others. Brief introductory essays by the editors provide a rich biographical and historical context for each selection included. Protest Nation presents the most significant and brilliant examples of radical writing, in a concise volume geared for anyone interested in reconnecting with the deep currents of American radical thinking. These range from a fiery speech by Eugene Debs, the great socialist orator; to the original Black Panther Party Platform; to Peter Singer’s astonishing treatise on animal liberation, among many others.

Bounded Choice

Author: Janja Lalich
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520937512
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It is easy to portray the members of cults as vunerable, needy people who cannot think for themselves. In this comparative study of the Heaven's Gate cult and the Democratic Workers Party, Janja Lalich offers a more complex and disturbing assessment of 'cult mentality'.

Freedom Is An Endless Meeting

Author: Francesca Polletta
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226924289
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Freedom Is an Endless Meeting offers vivid portraits of American experiments in participatory democracy throughout the twentieth century. Drawing on meticulous research and more than one hundred interviews with activists, Francesca Polletta challenges the conventional wisdom that participatory democracy is worthy in purpose but unworkable in practice. Instead, she shows that social movements have often used bottom-up decision making as a powerful tool for political change. Polletta traces the history of democracy in early labor struggles and pre-World War II pacifism, in the civil rights, new left, and women's liberation movements of the sixties and seventies, and in today's faith-based organizing and anti-corporate globalization campaigns. In the process, she uncovers neglected sources of democratic inspiration—Depression-era labor educators and Mississippi voting registration workers, among them—as well as practical strategies of social protest. But Freedom Is an Endless Meeting also highlights the obstacles that arise when activists model their democracies after familiar nonpolitical relationships such as friendship, tutelage, and religious fellowship. Doing so has brought into their deliberations the trust, respect, and caring typical of those relationships. But it has also fostered values that run counter to democracy, such as exclusivity and an aversion to rules, and these have been the fault lines around which participatory democracies have often splintered. Indeed, Polletta attributes the fragility of the form less to its basic inefficiency or inequity than to the gaps between activists' democratic commitments and the cultural models on which they have depended to enact those commitments. The challenge, she concludes, is to forge new kinds of democratic relationships, ones that balance trust with accountability, respect with openness to disagreement, and caring with inclusiveness. For anyone concerned about the prospects for democracy in America, Freedom Is an Endless Meeting will offer abundant historical, theoretical, and practical insights. "This is an excellent study of activist politics in the United States over the past century. . . . Assiduously researched, impressively informed by a great number of thoughtful interviews with key members of American social movements, and deeply engaged with its subject matter, the book is likely to become a key text in the study of grass-roots democracy in America."—Kate Fullbrook, Times Literary Supplement "Polletta's portrayal challenges the common assumption that morality and strategy are incompatible, that those who aim at winning must compromise principle while those who insist on morality are destined to be ineffective. . . . Rather than dwell on trying to explain the decline of 60s movements, Polletta shows how participatory democracy has become the guiding framework for many of today's activists."—Richard Flacks, Los Angeles Times Book Review "In Freedom Is an Endless Meeting, Francesca Polletta has produced a remarkable work of historical sociology. . . . She provides the fullest theoretical work of historical sociology. . . . She provides the fullest theoretical picture of participatory democracy, rich with nuance, ambiguity, and irony, that this reviewer has yet seen. . . . This wise book should be studied closely by both academics and by social change activists."—Stewart Burns, Journal of American History

The New Left

Author: Dimitrios I. Roussopoulos
Publisher: Black Rose Books Ltd.
ISBN: 9781551642994
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The greatest contribution of the New Left of the 1960s was its determination to build a culture and politics of popular participation at every level of society. A radical conception of democracy, it inspired the movements for civil rights, for peace and solidarity, and for gender and sexual equality. It framed the social debate, in terms of community-centered democratic theory, which continues to guide and inspire well into the twenty-first century. As the contributors to this anthology revisit the 1960s to identify its ongoing impact on North American politics and culture, it becomes evident how this legacy has blended with and influenced today’s worldwide social movements, in particular, the anti-globalization movement and the Right to the City movement. The successes and failures of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as they struggle for a voice at global levels are examined, as are the new movements of the urban disenfranchised—the homeless, the alienated youth, the elderly poor. Apart from evoking memories of past peace and freedom struggles from those who worked on the social movements of the 1960s, this work also includes a number of essays from a rising generation of scholars, too young to have experienced the 1960s firsthand, whose perspective as non-participants enables them to offer fresh interpretations. Dimitrios Roussopoulos, a prominent New Left activist in the 1960s, continues to write and edit on major international issues while being a committed activist, testing theory with practice.

The Radical Reader

Author: Timothy McCarthy
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 159558742X
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Radicalism is as American as apple pie. One can scarcely imagine what American society would look like without the abolitionists, feminists, socialists, union organizers, civil-rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists who have fought stubbornly to breathe life into the promises of freedom and equality that lie at the heart of American democracy. The first anthology of its kind, The Radical Reader brings together more than 200 primary documents in a comprehensive collection of the writings of America’s native radical tradition. Spanning the time from the colonial period to the twenty-first century, the documents have been drawn from a wealth of sources—speeches, manifestos, newspaper editorials, literature, pamphlets, and private letters. From Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” to Kate Millett’s “Sexual Politics,” these are the documents that sparked, guided, and distilled the most influential movements in American history. Brief introductory essays by the editors provide a rich biographical and historical context for each selection included.