Democracy

The Truth About Our Libertarian Age
Why the dogma of democracy doesn't always make the world better
June 17, 2014

Why the dogma of democracy doesn't always make the world better

Livestream: The Ukraine Thinking Together Conference
An international group of intellectuals meet in Kiev to discuss Ukraine's past, present and future
May 16, 2014

Intellectuals from around the world are meeting in Kiev to discuss Ukraine's future. Watch live.

The Pinochet Myth Is Alive and Well Among Pundits Who Write About Egypt
March 02, 2014

Columnists keep saying the Chilean dictator was a brute who modernized the economy. Actually, he was a brute with a rotten economic record. Take heed, Egyptians.

Democracy in Venezuela Is a Myth
February 26, 2014

President Maduro is wrong. The country is closer to an autocracy.

From the Stacks: “Mr. Hearst's Apostolic Creed”
May 8, 1935
August 14, 2013

The founding father of yellow journalism, William Randolph Hearst, died 62 years ago today. For the occasion, we present this Hamilton Basso's tongue-in-cheek evaluation of all that is Hearst.

From the Stacks: “The Prophet”
June 18, 2007
July 29, 2013

French thinker Alexis de Tocqueville would have been 208 today. In his honor, we present Mark Lilla's 2007 essay on Tocqueville's life and legacy.

Egypt’s Undemocratic Democracy
July 03, 2013

Are democracies just places where there are elections? Or does democracy require something more?

The Trouble With Speeches
The Birth of Political Rhetoric in an Ancient Democracy
April 27, 2013

Demosthenes was the greatest orator in classical history. He also stoked the flames of the Greek pride that persists to this day.

A Matter Of Trust
September 23, 2008

Clay Risen is managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and a contributing editor at World Trade. His first book, A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination will appear in January.   It's tempting to watch today's Senate Banking Committee hearings, with Democrats and Republicans alike tearing into Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and feel pangs of sorrow for the beleaguered duo.

The Rtc: What You Need To Know
September 19, 2008

Clay Risen is managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and a contributing editor at World Trade. His first book, A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination will appear in January. In recent days, policymakers and financial experts have circled around the idea of creating a government entity--in the model of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC)--to buy up failing assets of financial institutions.

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