Unstrung Letter D – Democracy Unlimited: Direct Representation from Athens to Occupy
with Lizzie Sutcliffe
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…
– Winston Churchill
The informal lecture series Unstrung Letters returned with a presentation by Lizzie Sutcliffe about the contemporary debate concerning democracy, representation and radical social movements like Occupy Wall Street, 15M and the Arab Spring. After a fascinating historical introduction on the concept of democracy, using ancient Athens and mediaeval Iceland as starting points for the discussion, she posed questions like: Is representative democracy really the best system? Is the voting booth the end of political history? Will all the people of the earth soon be able to lay aside their differences and unite in bitching about those morons they’ve elected? Or is it better to speak with your own voice?
As always, there was lively participation from the audience, teasing out an interesting and contemporary interpretation to just what democracy is and could be. Have a listen here below.
Listen to part one here:
Listen to part two here:
Photos courtesy of Viola Manfra