Democracy Symposium: A Call For Posts
We’ll be having our next LoOG symposium soon, starting on the first Monday in August (August 6). The subject will be “Democracy,” and the first question to our panelists will be, “Is liberal democracy viable?” I’d expect a lot of focus on the United States, particularly with this being election season here, but obviously the U.S. is not the only liberal democracy in the world and global perspectives are more than welcome.
As with our inequality forum a few months ago, anyone may take part, including official League contributors, unofficial League commenters, those quiet readers who too rarely share their thoughts with the rest of us, and folks from other blogs who want to share their perspective with us.
My hope is to have substantial contributions from a broad spectrum of ideologies and perspectives, and on a wide spectrum of subjects as well, ranging from the theoretical and philosophical (e.g., “Is democracy more trouble than it’s worth?”) to the partisan and pragmatic (e.g., “Is X [a political party, law, or court ruling] eroding the foundations of our democracy?”). Maybe you want to focus on the idea of democracy and liberalism, or the interactions of democratic and non-democratic societies, cultures, or institutions. I’m already told at least one post will involve beer, which sounds fabulous and is something I would never, ever have thought of on my own.
If you’re interested in writing but lack inspiration or focus, please feel free to correspond with me by e-mail and I’ll be happy to workshop out ideas with you. You can also send guest posts to me or by the usual channels for submission of a guest post (that is, to Erik Kain). My e-mail address is (burtlikko [at] gmail [dot] com).
Here’s looking forward to another great symposium!
Image source: S. E. Forman Essentials in Civil Government, A Text-Book for Use in Schools (New York: American Book Company, 1908), pg. 94.