Abstract

McKenzie asks,“If the ancient Greeks invented democracy in the form of the city-state, and colonial North Americans reinvented it in the nation-state, what democratic forms might the world create in the age of global performance?” He explores this question in relation to the thought of Nietzsche and Marcuse—and in terms of “dissatisfied democrats”: people who strongly believe in democracy but are unhappy with its particular embodiments. Could it be that democracy is an inherently incomplete project, one that is always “to come,” always being invented, always being tested and contested, always being asked to perform?

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Additional Information

ISSN
1531-4715
Print ISSN
1054-2043
Pages
pp. 117-128
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-03
Open Access
No
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