The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

Written by:
David Graeber
Narrated by:
Grover Gardner

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2013
9 hours 39 minutes
A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America, from the co-author of The Dawn of Everything

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.
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An excellent critique of the current system and discussion of methods that could bring change. I certainly trust a distinguished professor's facts as more trustworthy than things posted on the Internet someplace.

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Mick M.

A case could be made for much of what is purposed here without being 'loose; with the facts. The figures that are stated throughout are easy to verify in the age of the Internet. I would recommend doing so if you choose to read this.

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