Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Penn State University Press
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At a Christmas party in 2008, in discussing the recent election of Barack Obama, a stranger expressed both his pleasure at the election’s outcome and his concern for who the man might prove to be. I was surprised; I thought the election said less about Obama and more about the character of the Ameri-can citizen. A majority of voters had examined their nation, its problems, ...
Introduction: Deliberation in the Global Era
Deliberative democracy, of course, attempts to formulate an ideal rational/political structure, one which is both normative and prescriptive: it says that rational debate among equal actors —Benedetto Fontana, Cary J. Nederman, and Gary Remer, Talking Democracy America, this republic, the democracy in which we are, is a living thing which cannot be con-templated or categorized, like the image of a thing which I can make; it cannot be fabricated. It ...
Chapter 1: Defining Deliberative Space: Rethinking Persuasion, Position, and Identification
...“Wherever you go, you will be a polis”: these famous words became not merely the watchword of Greek colonization, they expressed the conviction that action and speech create a space between the participants which can find its proper location almost any time and anywhere. It is the space of appearance in the widest sense of the word, namely, the space where I appear to others as others appear to me, where men exist not merely like other living or inanimate ...
Chapter 2: Performative Deliberation and the Narratable Who
To act, in its most general sense, means to take an initiative, to begin (as the Greek world archein, “to begin,” “to lead,” and eventually “to rule,” indicates), to set something into motion (which is the original meaning of the Latin agere). Because they are initium, newcomers and beginners by virtue of birth, men take initiative, are prompted into action. . . . The fact that man is capable of action means that the unexpected can be expected from him, that he is able ...
Chapter 3: Narrating Rights, Creating Agents: Missing Women in the U.S. Media
...[T]he sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self- protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. . . . The only part of the conduct of anyone, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his ...
Chapter 4: The Beauty of Arendt’s Lies: Menchú’s Political Strategy
Therefore there is no absurdity, however strange it may sound, in the saying of the ancient Father, “I would not tell a willful lie to save the souls of the whole world.”Now I feel that a lie that is told for the good of others is not a lie—it is bigger than the truth.—Garima, quoted in Sangtin Writers and Richa Nagar, Playing with FireI sit reading Al Franken’s Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and ...
Chapter 5: Voting like a Girl: Declarations, Paradoxes of Deliberation, and Embodied Citizens as a Difference in Kind
...[T]he present government of this state has widely departed from the true democratic princi-ples upon which all just governments must be based by denying to the female portion of com-munity the right of suffrage and any participation in forming the government and laws under which they live . . . and by imposing upon them burdens of taxation . . . without admitting them the right of representation, thereby striking down the only safeguards of their individual ...
...“Deliberative Acts provides a trenchant critique of the theoretical premises of persuasion, argu-mentation, and identification dominating Western rhetoric. Arabella Lyon delivers a versatile theory of deliberation as a formative act wherein differences are generative and constitutive of relational agency. Lyon focuses on paradigmatic human rights struggles to reveal the limits of liberal models of democracy and their diminishment of interpretive differences. Her astute ...
Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation