In two previous posts I started to lay out the argument, if you can call it that, of my new book project on democratic politics. I don’t think it is right to call it an argument, exactly, because what I am really doing is laying out a general account of what I think is at… Continue reading A Phenomenology of Democratic Politics, 3d post
During the Presidential campaign, candidate Obama invoked the language of community organizing and the civil rights movement, especially with the discourse of “yes, we can” and “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” That seemed fitting for a campaign that had a place for millions of people to take to the sidewalks and knock… Continue reading Who are we waiting for?
I ended my last post, the first of a series on my current book project, with these questions: Think about where you grew up or where you live now. When there’s a problem, how do people behave? Do they get together? Do they protest, beseech, complain, or even riot? Do they give up? These habits… Continue reading A Phenomenology of Democratic Politics, 2d post
This academic year I’ve been working on a new book project. Roughly, it’s a phenomenology of democratic politics — democratic in the deep and strong sense, not the thin sense of liberal, representative democracy. I’ve written several chapters, that have been published as papers here and there. It’s time to start ordering this all in… Continue reading A Phenomenology of Democratic Politics