Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

This book by Kenneth Good, published in 2014, argues for popular democratic control of society.

Democratization is a sociopolitical process and the society that may grow out of it where people make decisions on matters affecting them. It is an unending struggle to win such rights and power, to hold and to extend them. The contending classes are essentially the poor and weak majority of the people and the elite of wealth, status, and power.This book begins with the study of politics in democratic Athens 508-322 BCE, and how it revolved around the divisions between an uneducated poor majority of citizens and a small, wealthy elite. All citizens were deemed equally capable of holding political office, and life in democratic Athens was itself an education through the wide political experience a citizen necessarily acquired. The second study is of Britain’s centuries long and profoundly incomplete democratization, polarizing usually the urban poor, unequally against the Grandees, the oligarchy, and subsequent elites. A third exemplifier is South Africa, beginning in the 1970s-80s when two big processes were going on simultaneously: an external armed struggle led by the African National Congress (ANC), and a path-breaking domestic democratization represented by the United Democratic Front and the trade unions.

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Jan 28 2017 17:56

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  • Democratization also represents an ideology and a record intentionally filled with obscurities, deceptions and lies; the insistence that ordinary people are incompetent and irrational, and that only elites are able to think for them and are fit to rule.

    Kenneth Good