The Trouble with Democracy: A Citizen Speaks Out

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BPS Books, 2007 - Political Science - 534 pages
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The Trouble with Democracy shows that the ancient as well as American and Canadian democracies were established on practical social and political grounds vastly different from the strange modern dream of a democracy of autonomous individuals that is now venerated everywhere.

Gairdner clearly explains how, in this time of heretofore unimagined wealth and the tax harvesting that it makes possible, warring utopian impulses from deep within our history have combined to produce a form of "hyperdemocracy" never before imagined in all of human history. The result is a comfortable illusion of increased personal freedom that camouflages the reality of pervasive state control in every aspect of modern life.

We now live, says Gairdner, under a regime of "libertarian socialism" in which citizens imagine they have all the rights and their governments all the duties.

This masterpiece of vigorous, compelling, even prophetic writing represents an exciting turning point in social thought. It challenges citizens to reconsider standard interpretations of democracy and to think much more deeply about the nature, subtlety, and complexity of our actual situation, all the while offering a new and refreshing understanding of the proper nature of a free and civil society.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
2
CHAPTER
41
CHAPTER THREE
87
CHAPTER FOUR
121
CHAPTER FIVE
149
CHAPTER
195
CHAPTER SEVEN
239
CHAPTER EIGHT
293
CHAPTE R N
345
CHAPTER
389
CHAPTER ELEVEN
447
NOTES
491
INDEX
527
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William D. Gairdner, Ph.D., is a former Olympic athlete and professor of English, and the bestselling author of many books, including The Trouble with Canada. . . Still, The Trouble with Democracy, and Oh, Oh, Canada!Canada's Founding Debates (University of Toronto Press).

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