Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul GAGNON, Emily Beausoleil

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Abstract

The field of democratic theory is blossoming with strategies to resist violence against democracy and to revivify those democratic institutions that would benefit from conceptual and/or practical reform. We find ourselves not in a period of democratic despondency and political disarray, as less circumspect cynics would have it, but rather in a vitalizing time of defiance. There is power in this. To defy in the name of democracy is to oppose “truthiness,” confront arbitrary decision making, disobey illogic, and dissent from any policy that will, to use Dewey’s phraseology, constitute treason to our democratic ways of life. A time of defiance invites us all to be daring in our compassion for each other, bold in how we explore and care for the many—and diverse—meanings of democracy, audacious in our gentleness toward the earth, and courageous in our advocacy for that paradoxical but poignant practice of democratizing democracy wheresoever and whensoever this need should arise
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalDemocratic Theory
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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Resist and Revivify : Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance. / GAGNON, Jean-Paul; Beausoleil, Emily.

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Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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