Can Democracy Work? James Miller
Where: New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
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Democracy is the most broadly accepted political system in the world today, and yet the institution seems to have lately become roiled in disappointment and crisis. In Can Democracy Work? James Miller argues that democracy has always had to contend with inner tensions, from the ancient Greeks to the French revolutionaries. Even the United States would extend the franchise to some, while obstructing it for others. Amid the unrest of the twentieth century, communists, liberals, and nationalists all sought to claim the mantle of democracy for themselves—even as they failed to realize it.
James Miller is a professor of politics and liberal studies at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche and Democracy Is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago.Buy tickets/get more info now