Natasha Lennard - Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life & Astra Taylor - Democracy May Not Exist But We'll Miss It When It's Gone — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

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Lennard’s bracing analysis of what “the personal is political” means under today’s gathering shadows of fascism shakes the complacent mainstream consensus on politics, identity, and truth. Arguing that the essential question we need to address is how to live a “non-fascist life,” Lennard, a contributing writer for the Intercept, co-author of Violence: Humans in Dark Time, and a teacher of critical journalism at The New School, explores the criminalization of political dissent, the limits of individual rights, the myths of radical sex, and more. Her urgent, deeply felt, and rigorously argued essays draw as much on philosophy as they do on politics, charting new ways forward that are both practical and conceptual.

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In her probing examination of the concept and reality of democracy, Taylor combines history, theory, profiles, and interviews with leading thinkers such as Cornel West, Danielle Allen, and Slavoj Zizek to reassess what we mean by the term and what we can reasonably expect from it. Offering as many questions as answers, Taylor investigates whether democracy is a means or an end, looks at what happens when an election leads to a bad outcome, and interrogates phrases like “the rule of the people.” Laying bare a series of paradoxes at the heart of this elusive ideal, Taylor, author of the award-winning The People's Platform and one of the Los Angeles Times’s 25 “New Civil Rights Leaders,”  speculates that true democracy—one that’s fully inclusive and completely egalitarian—hasn’t yet been realized.

 

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ISBN: 9781788734592
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Published: Verso - April 30th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781250179845
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Published: Metropolitan Books - May 7th, 2019

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