Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained: The True Meaning of by Arthur D. Robbins

By Arthur D. Robbins

Democracy: What does it suggest? Why does it topic? The solutions to those serious questions are to be present in Paradise misplaced, Paradise Regained: the genuine which means of Democracy. the tale starts off in Athens with an outline of democracy as practiced within the day by day lives of the traditional Athenians, after which turns to Rome and the Italian city-states. there's a part dedicated to the consequences of warfare on emergent democracy within the heart a long time and in France on the time of the Revolution. Democracy within the early years of the U.S., earlier than the signing of the structure, is explored intimately.
In 1776, the folks of Pennsylvania, usual people who felt their govt used to be no longer gratifying its social accountability, wrote their very own structure without specialists to steer their pen. by means of learning the shape of presidency they created and contemplating the method that positioned it in position, we get an inside of examine how democracy relatively works. The e-book concludes with a overview of contemporary experiments in democracy, particularly in India and Latin America.
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In contrasting the writings of Hegel and Marx, one gets the sense that deciding on the content of history determines a great deal about one’s understanding of the course of societal development. Hegel decided that a society’s consciousness of itself is the content of history, leading him to draw certain conclusions about the overall meaning and direction of history. Marx chose the mode of production as his content and was led in a radically different direction. What then should one choose as one’s content if the goal is to stay rooted in concrete reality and arrive at an understanding of history that is empowering to those of us who read history with the goal of bringing about change for the better?

Mill prepared to argue that he of superior intellect legitimately has the judgment and moral prerogative to decide that I, a humble artisan, should risk my life in a war that he happens to think is a good idea? Does his superior intellect endow him with the knowledge of exactly what my best interests are? Is he really in the best position to know how to spend my money, the money I worked hard for and hand over to the government as taxes? I think these are self-answering questions and that Mill’s learned disquisition on representative government is little more than a plea for his own class interest.

Is the citizen left to believe, “You had your chance. You cast your vote for the representative of your choice. Now you must remain silent until the next election. To speak out after an election is to be a poor sport and to question the system itself. Are you sure that is what you want to do? You, the people, are sovereign, the ultimate source of all power. ” In the name of democracy, freedom of thought is squelched. John Stuart Mill, Democrat or Elitist? John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) was a British philosopher, political economist, and member of Parliament.

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