The Struggle for Democracy
Democracy is more than a set of political procedures culminating in elections. It has evolved over centuries and has many shapes and permutations. The conception and practice of democracy differ widely. Yet, everybody is for it. Pro-democracy movements are celebrated from China to Albania. However the system’s actual workings are often not clear. In a democracy the people rule in principle but power and control reside elsewhere. What are the institutional arrangements? Who governs and how? Who gets what?
Michael Parenti is a leading independent political analyst and scholar. Cornel West calls him, “a towering prophetic voice.” He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including Democracy for the Few, Power and the Powerless, Superpatriotism, Against Empire, and The Assassination of Julius Caesar.