The Disappointment of Democracy

Robert D. Hinshelwood


In this paper, it is claimed that amongst the discontents of civilisation, a disappointment arising from democracy itself is at times inevitable. An attempt will be made to pinpoint various disappointments with our current notion of democracy, and the implication that a vigilance for failures is a necessary antidote to idealisation. A selection of the disappointments will be discussed with the plea that modern democracy certainly needs systems of accountability much more than empty promises of freedom. 


psychoanalysis, ambivalence, democracy

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