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applied philosophy, deep democracy, sustainability / by A.R.Teleb

Category Archives: Democratic Theory

Minipublics beyond representation

First posted on Equality by Lot on Oct 8 Now that minipublics are no longer limited to local level “experiments” but are regularly involved in consequential political occasions, constitutional amendments … Continue reading

2019-12-09 · Leave a comment

Trump To Sanders: Does the New US Political Spectrum Mean a Renaissance of Democracy?

Short answer is yes. Rather than a “crisis” of representative democracy as so many journalists and academics have contended since 2016, the recent opening up of the political spectrum in … Continue reading

2019-12-06 · Leave a comment

How We Will Come to Appreciate Donald Trump

Sometimes the sense of external oppression acts as a challenge and arouses intellectual energy and excites courage. – John Dewey The United States will experience a significant economic boom over the … Continue reading

2016-11-24 · Leave a comment

Structure Not Policy: Why We Need More Institutional Political Theory

For too long, I’ve been repeating the self-styled slogan “structure not policy, tomorrow not today” to express the idea that has haunted me since I began studying law. Nearly every … Continue reading

2015-02-02 · 2 Comments

Citizens’ Initiative Reviews: Democracy via Vicarious Deliberation?

Although there has been much talk (or rather speculation) in deliberative democracy circles on the potential and possible pitfalls of “intensive” citizen deliberation–especially on Equality by Lot–there has been little … Continue reading

2015-01-17 · 1 Comment

Debugging the System

A review of Manuel Arriaga’s Rebooting Democracy [A] long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT. Thomas Paine, Common Sense Rebooting Democracy … Continue reading

2015-01-14 · Leave a comment

A Lesson for Michael Moore

[and Noam Chomsky too!] Multimedia is rare on Fila Sophia but the occasion is special. Without looking for conspiracies or evil-doers, without cinema gimmicks, this 45-minute documentary (French with English … Continue reading

2014-10-18 · Leave a comment