Monday, June 15, 2015

What the bloody hell is democracy?

Floating democracy: reproductions of ancient Athenian navy ships
This week marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. To commemorate this, ABC RN is broadcasting a series of talks on democracy by 'notable Australians'.

Alongside these eminences, I've also been invited to give my ten cents' worth. You can listen to my talk here. A sample:
The point is not that democracy, as we know it, is a sham. The point is that it's not necessarily just, free or peaceful. It is simply government by the people in the very broadest sense. These people can be selfish, xenophobic, aggressive or wary of too much liberty.
(Photo: EDSITEment)

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