MARX AND MILLS September 30, 2008Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics.
Wither representative democracy? The crass behavior of the former State Labor Government and the criminal behavior of some players at the local level, in particular property developers, led to the sacking of the Wollongong City Council, and the introduction of the notion of community democracy – “democracy in the deep sense”.
Still representative democracy seems problematic and unsatisfactory almost everywhere you look. So the conceit of a discussion between Karl Marx and John Stuart Mills, which would have been possible, seems very appealing and instructive. Paul Gingsborg suggested the idea in his recent book, and he was interviewed by Phillip Adams on ABC National’s Late Night Live last week: