From the ancient city-states of the Greeks to the contemporary race for the presidency in the United States, democracy is one of the fundamental ideologies to the function of Western culture.
In response to the current critique of democracy, Bernard Murchland defends the notion that democracy embodies public reason and enables us to deliberate across differences. He claims that the genius of democracy is in its ability to find common ground in polar opposites and that we must understand both historical and contemporary arguments against democracy in order to counter them.
“Democracy was born in dialogue, “ says Murchland, “and dialogue remains its energizing principle.”
Murchland traces the history of the political debate over democracy and asserts that because democracy faces an uncertain future in new circumstances of a technological and global world order, it is important to reconnect democracy with its moral roots.
Thinkers, readers, and participants in any form of democracy will find this book indespensible in understanding the history, nature, and future of this hotly contested political ideology.
“Voices of Democracy is a very highly recommended addition to the reading lists for students of political science and international studies.” —Wisconsin Bookwatch