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Still taking Democracy Seriously
Michael Levin
International Journal of Inclusive Democracy , 2005,
Democracy and the multiparty political system
Tom Crumpacker
International Journal of Inclusive Democracy , 2006,
Abstract: The multiparty political system can destroy real democracy in the name of pluralism. Where electoral parties are not based on differing fundamental values, as in United States, they unnecessarily interfere in the direct relationship between the constituent and his supposed representative. They are conducive to class and special interest manipulation (especially with money) and therefore both cause and result from commercial oligarchy. Cubans learned this in the first part of the 20th century, and they also learned that their only hope of autonomy and nationhood is unity in their struggle for independence and self determination. They are not again going to submit voluntarily to outside commercial exploitation. Our impoverished political institutions are not what they need or desire.
Democrats and the Myth of Change
John Sargis
International Journal of Inclusive Democracy , 2008,
Abstract: Change has become the centerpiece of the Democratic Party’s caucuses/primaries on the way in choosing the Party’s Presidential nominee. The word change inundates all the front runners’ stump speeches; Barack Obama has made it a symbol of his platform for change and Hillary Clinton uses it to “help make history”.The recent frenzied caucuses have been called a dog fight, horse race, comedy, and sack race, and have involved the public beyond all expectations of the pundits by capturing the hopes and emotions of the party faithful and the nation as well. The Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination for President resemble a cauldron of extremists, who offer with some variations the Bush doctrine. But make no mistake. As far as domestic and foreign policies are concerned there are no significant deviations between each party in the mother of all popularity contests. Both parties (and therefore all candidates, despite their rhetoric) support unabashedly, the fundamentals of US domestic and foreign policy, i.e. neoliberal globalization, keeping control by any means available of Middle East Oil (which means that, despite variations on tactics, they all believe in keeping control of Iraq, Afghanistan and directly or indirectly of Iran), the bogus war on “terror” and the Bandustanization of Palestine. Hillary has unwaveringly fought for Israel's right to exist peacefully and to defend its people against “terrorism” (as she calls the resistance and struggle against the occupiers!) while condemning Hamas’ gaining power through a democratic election that was in line with the recommendations of the West. Hillary and Obama facilitate the Zionists’ turning of Palestine into killing fields.
Barry Seidman’s interview with Takis Fotopoulos for the US radio program Equal Time for Freethought
Barry Seidman, Takis Fotopoulos
International Journal of Inclusive Democracy , 2008,
The "Will of the People"
Craig J. Cantoni
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons , 2009,
The Pursuit of Quality: Assessing Democracies… to Save Democracy?  [PDF]
Mauro Tebaldi, Marco Calaresu
Open Journal of Political Science (OJPS) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ojps.2016.61001
Abstract: For over a decade, there has been the widespread awareness that western democracies need to be reformed if they want to successfully cope with the crisis that they are experiencing; also, ultimately, if they want to be able to increase their own level of quality. The aim of this article is to illustrate why and how the quality of a democracy can (and indeed, must) be assessed with the purpose of improving it. Passing through a reflection on the state of the art of a major sector of studies in the international scientific scenario, and by presenting an original typological proposal to classify these same studies, we maintain that the crisis of democracy may be overcome, first of all, by improving the assessment skills of scholars and, secondly, by transforming the knowledge on democratic quality into useful knowledge for citizens.
Liberal and Socialist "Democracies" versus Inclusive Democracy
Takis Fotopoulos
International Journal of Inclusive Democracy , 2006,
Abstract: The transnational elite (and the leading power in it, USA) abuses and distorts the word ‘democracy’ for its aim to stabilise the New World Order (NWO), which –through its main institutions, the internationalised market economy and representative ‘democracy’-- secures the huge and growing concentration of political and economic power at the hands of a few elites, all over the world. The aim of this paper is to show that both multi-party liberal democracy which is supported by the NWO, as well as socialist single-party democracy supported by the few remaining socialist countries like Cuba, are forms of representative and statist democracy, which take for granted the separation of society from state and the economy and as such can not be the basis for an Inclusive Democracy aiming to integrate society with economy and polity as well as with Nature.
Democracy as the Communitarian Ideal  [PDF]
Donald Poochigian
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2014.41005

Democracy is distinguished by optimal integration of diverse public values, identifying the most encompassing set of mutually accepted elements defining the contemporary circumstance. Individual orderings are integrated into a continuum by rearranging common elements into conformity with every other ordering. Sequencing common elements differently, translation from individual to individual occurs by reordering elements in an understanding according to sequencing of another understanding. Utilizing the reordering process, apparent contradiction between concepts is eliminated, each smoothly transitioning into its opposite, fusing all into a transmutative whole. By this function, an axiom system can be generated from its constituent axioms in any order.

Heretics, Democracy, the Beyond  [PDF]
Kuangming Wu
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2014.43039

This short essay first describes (in Part One) what the heretics are, pesky yet needed provocation from outside our “right” orthodoxy, and then details (in Part Two) the heretics in sections from A through I, which joyously ties up the entire survey of the heretics invincible, soaring cosmically beyond. Protesting heretics take hold of their criticizing selves, to invite us all to self-criticize, and so they are resented by the orthodox already right. Heretics are idios, lone “idiotic” and independent, to resolve two paradoxes of democracy. Many factual examples are cited, recent and historical, USA and abroad, to show how essential the brave heretics are, risking their lives to jolt afresh the orthodox status quo, to go beyond it. Heretics have their sociality; self-critical, they never err. Thus, heretics provoke us to go beyond us, going-beyond is living, and so heretics provoke us alive homo-cosmic.

Participa??o escolar: representa??es dos alunos do 3o ciclo de Aveiro (Portugal)
Pedro, Ana Paula;Pereira, Caridade Maria A. Lima dos S.;
Educa??o e Pesquisa , 2010, DOI: 10.1590/S1517-97022010000300007
Abstract: this article proposes a reflection about the intrinsic relationship between democracy and education, particularly in the aspects related to the participation of students in the school decisions. in this sense, and within the sphere of the autonomy regime of portuguese schools it is important to identify the formal and informal spaces afforded to the youngsters in decision-making inside the school in order to understand the latter's role in stimulating and developing youngsters for the exercise of an active citizenship. the democratic lifestyle is constructed through learning opportunities about itself, namely through participative experiences within the school context. in 2009 we carried out a study as part of a master dissertation in the sciences of education at the university of aveiro, portugal, at two public schools of basic education belonging to the aveiro council spanning a population of 240 pupils from the 8th and 9th years of schooling and fourteen class delegates. the results show that pupils have a feeble participation, both formal and informal, despite the decree no. 115-a/98 establishing that schools can, within the limits of their autonomy, create and promote spaces for the effective participation of pupils. the analysis of the instruments of autonomy of the schools investigated reveals that pupil participation is still regarded as an ideal, and has yet to be turned into a real undergoing project. we therefore concluded that schools still center decisions in the teachers, pupil participation being only formal, passive, and ritualized.
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