The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project

A History, A Crisis, A Movement

Book - 2013
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A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world--democracy--and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America
Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution--from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we--average citizens--make change happen?
David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today--from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy--one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation--can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want.
The Democracy Project tells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope.

Praise for David Graeber's Debt
"A sprawling, erudite, provocative work."--Drake Bennett, Bloomberg Businessweek
"Written in a brash, engaging style, the book is also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of debt--where it came from and how it evolved." --The New York Times Book Review
"Fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking [and] exceedingly timely."-- Financial Times
"The book is more readable and entertaining than I can indicate. . . . Graeber is a scholarly researcher, an activist and a public intellectual. His field is the whole history of social and economic transactions." -- Peter Carey , The Observer
"One of the year's most influential books. Graeber situates the emergence of credit within the rise of class society, the destruction of societies based on 'webs of mutual commitment' and the constantly implied threat of physical violence that lies behind all social relations based on money."--Paul Mason, The Guardian
"Part anthropological history and part provocative political argument, it's a useful corrective to what passes for contemporary conversation about debt and the economy."--Jesse Singal, The Boston Globe
"Terrific . . . In the best anthropological tradition, he helps us reset our everyday ideas by exploring history and other civilizations, then boomeranging back to render our own world strange, and more open to change." -- Raj Patel, The Globe and Mail
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780812993561
Branch Call Number: 321.8 Gra
Characteristics: xxiii, 326 p. ; 22 cm


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redban Oct 16, 2014

Wow. One of the few books that will truly challenge your assumptions and provide enlightening new possibilities. I am most impressed, and I can't recommend this book enough!

Apart from taking down the current "democracy" and Economic delusions, Mr. Graeber also tackles other assumptions such as the morality of debt, work, and productivity. Provides critique for both Government and Corporate bureaucracy. Uses both real-life examples and common sense to support a profound movement.

Instant classic! Looking forward to Graeber's latest book "Bureaucracy".

Sep 23, 2014

The most dangerous idea possible /// the refusal to engage with the existing political system \\\ - - once the powers-that-be finally gleaned onto this iron-core philosophy of the Occupy Movement, they moved as one to quash it - - police departments in 27 major cities conferred and moved at the same time on those activists, just as they would later move against individuals involved! [Historically reminiscent of the vile Palmer raids of yesteryear.] The present fraud-based system cannot be engaged, only ignored or destroyed. The politicians do not work for us, the people, they work for their money masters. Great book on the Occupy Movement with ending thoughts for real change, and the only change possible. [Read this book, and Prof. Michael Hudson's writings on debt peonage, and Prof. Michael Perelman's book on The Invention of Capitalism, and Prof. Mark Blyth on Austerity - - these will make you a believer!]

Sep 16, 2014

A good first hand account of how the Occupy Wall Street movement took a hold in many other cities. The book also provides a plausible, albeit still unworkable, way of setting up a new form of government that doesn't involve the current power structures or the mainstream media.

Sep 22, 2013

This book's a phenomenal read, clearly outlines the inner workings of the Occupy Movement (something the mainstream media chose not to do), and covers the history of democracy in America (and elsewhere).

Definitely one of the best books I've read. A must-read for anyone interested in tangible socio-political change. The Democracy Project even goes so far as to outline the various methods needed in which to bring that vision of change into fruition.

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