Over the past six weeks I have expanded the content of Democracy Paradox to include a podcast. I have been overwhelmed at the support from so many scholars who have been eager to appear in my podcast as I have introduced this additional piece of content to a growing audience. The first six episodes have featured scholars from around the globe who have taken time to introduce their ideas about democracy and politics from a variety of perspectives.

Looking ahead, the podcast has already booked interviews for the next seven weeks. The interviews will introduce the audience to multiple angles to examine the subject of Democracy. The guests range from a Harvard professor to a former Congresswoman. There are international scholars from Israel, Germany, and Denmark. But most important the topics are wide ranging and engaging.

  • Secondary Effects of Direct Democracy with Joshua Dyck and Edward Lascher, Jr.
  • Liberal Nationalism with Yael Tamir
  • Citizen-based Democracy with John Gastil and Katherine Knobloch
  • Reassessing the Interwar Period with Agnes Cornell and Svend-Erik Skaaning
  • The Demise of the Gig Economy with Juliet Schor
  • Character in Democracy with Jill Long Thompson
  • Nonviolent Resistance with Erica Chenoweth

Democracy is not a simple concept. It is complex and multi-faceted. Democratization has political implications which redefine our understanding of governance, rights, and duties. It is not possible to grasp the concept of democracy without the perspectives of different voices who give it meaning through their thoughts and experiences.

Beginning Wednesday, Democracy Paradox will begin to share new perspectives and voices on Democracy. This ambitious project looks to publish unique thoughts and new points of view. Both scholars and students are welcome to submit their thoughts for publication. There is no limit on length but writers are requested to stay under 2,500 words. Please send your submission to democracyparadoxblog@gmail.com. The website will publish someone new each week.

This project is impossible to achieve without the help of others. Democracy Paradox will depend on the efforts of scholars, students, intellectuals, and thinkers from around the world to share their thoughts and experiences. Teachers should consider asking their students to write out their thoughts on Democracy. This is a helpful exercise and may earn them publication on this site.

Democracy is a subject with real world applications. Too often Democracy is used for undemocratic ends. This is the Democracy Paradox. The long-term solution does not depend solely on leaders and elites. It depends on a committed citizenry. Please subscribe to the Democracy Paradox Podcast and send in your submission on Democracy. I look forward to your thoughts and ideas.

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