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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (2): 224–241.
Published: 01 May 2022
...Terrill G. Bouricius Abstract While elections are, today, widely considered a fundamental feature of democracy, the argument of this two‐part article, published in the Common Knowledge symposium “Antipolitics,” is that elections are a problematic and even inappropriate way of choosing...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (2): 206–223.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Terrill G. Bouricius Abstract Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the first installment of the Common Knowledge symposium “Antipolitics,” presented reasons why elections are an inappropriate method for selecting representatives in a democracy. Part 2, published in the symposium's second...
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Common Knowledge (2012) 18 (3): 387–418.
Published: 01 August 2012
..., with Václav Havel, coorganizer of Charter 77. From his insider’s perspective, the author retells the history of dissent in communist Europe from that time until the Velvet Revolution and Havel’s election as president of Czechoslovakia in 1989. He also assesses the impact of Havel’s work as a playwright...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (3): 324–341.
Published: 01 September 2023
... fortunate has raised some troubling questions about democracy itself. Despite its small size, classical Athens offers valuable guidance for tempering current difficulties in both the United States and elsewhere by adopting and adapting the selection of some officials by sortition, direct election by popular...
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Common Knowledge (2018) 24 (2): 190–217.
Published: 01 April 2018
...Yaakov Mascetti In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger took the occasion of his last homily before election as Pope Benedict XVI to assault what he termed the “dictatorship of relativism,” and Common Knowledge responded in 2007 with a double issue (vol. 13, nos. 2–3) in defense of relativism. Yaakov...
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Common Knowledge (2018) 24 (3): 405–414.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Elizabeth Heineman; William J. Simpson During the 2016 US presidential campaign, historians and other scholars of fascism explored the question of whether the Trump phenomenon was fascist in nature. Following the election, Elizabeth Heineman developed a course to investigate these writings...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 192–199.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Julia Kristeva; Jeffrey M. Perl Written originally as part of a Common Knowledge symposium (2007) responding to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s homily against relativism, which was delivered immediately before his election as pope, this essay describes a reactionary German intellectual current...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 165–168.
Published: 01 April 2019
...G. W. Bowersock; Jeffrey M. Perl This response to two academic conferences—“Local Knowledge and Microidentities,” held in England in 2004, and “Patrie d’origine et patries électives,” held in France in 2009—argues that “the idea of the local can only arise from a supralocal perspective” and, thus...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (2): 206–215.
Published: 01 May 2022
...” to problems that, in better times, we might leave to politicians to resolve. “The crisis for democracy today,” Perl argues, “is that bad government (as Konrád, Václav Havel, and Adam Michnik defined it in the 1980s) appears to be what various electorates crave and therefore choose.” Realizing that elections...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (3): 433–440.
Published: 01 August 2011
..., as well as the Latin Church Fathers. Elected first to the École pratique des hautes études and then to the Collège de France, Hadot developed his most influential idea, that ancient philosophy was not the construction of an abstract system of ideas, but a concrete, lived practice intended to transform...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (2): 173–186.
Published: 01 May 2023
... it was deployed. This untold story, therefore, is not simply about historical instances of use but must also be an analysis and critique of its use. Key points that emerge are that (1) a lottery takes the decision to appoint or elect away from partisan protagonists, so it therefore acts as a mechanism that can...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (2): 193–205.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Paul Demont Abstract In consonance with the view of Aristotle in book 4 of the Politics , Montesquieu wrote that “selection by lot is in the nature of democracy; election by choice is in the nature of aristocracy.” Although the drawing of lots was a marker of classical Athenian democracy, Socrates...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (3): 317–323.
Published: 01 September 2023
... politicians from the process of selecting judges. “There can never be too much judicial interference,” he writes, “in what politicians regard as their domain.” The author reached this conclusion during attempts by the newly elected Israeli government, in the spring of 2023, to make itself absolute...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (3): 342–366.
Published: 01 September 2023
... Englishman was central to his political campaigns and political thought and was an important element of his published Leveller tracts. Much commentary on the Levellers has emphasized their demand for annual parliaments elected on a broad franchise and equal distribution of seats. But these constitutional...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (3): 367–382.
Published: 01 September 2023
... as in opposition to administrative discretion—holds that, in a democracy, value judgments should be made only by elected officials and that all administrators should do is carry out technical tasks calling for expertise. Administrators, however, inevitably make policy decisions that call for value judgments...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (2): 242–260.
Published: 01 May 2022
... on the agenda. Sortition as practiced today stands in sharp contrast to its historical uses, which did not associate the process with descriptive representation. From this perspective, sortition allows for a different kind of representation than election does. Elections tend to select individuals recruited from...
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Common Knowledge (2006) 12 (2): 181–196.
Published: 01 April 2006
... in the processthe demoare mistaking fear is that too many of our current war planners are improvising in their postwar arbitrary deadlines alone cannot make and democratic elections, constitutionalism a documents, reality. My Constitutional substance. its for constitutionalism places...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (1): 11–13.
Published: 01 January 2014
... —  Abbey was elected to the Athenaeum in 1901 in Athenaeum the to elected was Abbey DeVere Novemberletter, from 1 dated Here another is Gardens...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (2): 187–192.
Published: 01 May 2023
... explanations on offer, a key one, as presented in the play, was that Xerxes was an absolute dictator and therefore unaccountable to anyone, politically speaking, whereas the Athenians were democrats, and their leaders—whether elected, or selected by the democratic mode of the lottery—were accountable...
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Common Knowledge (2015) 21 (3): 533–541.
Published: 01 September 2015
.... Bush has just been re-­elected. I am new to Texas. Houston is in the Bible belt my father used to beat me with when I was bad. I am scared to pull Christ through my belt loops, he never kept my pants up back home. It’s 2005 and maybe I’ll wear a skirt in Texas. No, Texas...