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The global human rights movement challenges the systems, structures, and institutions that create, defend, and extend oppression and repression in a society.

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Videos

Philosophy Professor
Herman Sinaiko on
Building Democracy
and the Obligations of Citizenship

How is Democracy Built?

Building Democracy interviews noted University of Chicago philosopher Herman Sinaiko (1929-2011)

Herman Sinaiko was so popular as a teacher his students called him a "Rock Star." Sinaiko was also a world-renowned expert on Plato and the development of the idea of democracy.

I interviewed Sinaiko in 2009 to ask him about the rise of the Tea Party movement in relation to the health of democracy in the United States.

Typical of Sinaiko, he exclaimed, "Well...of course we have to start with the Chinese system in the age of the Mandarins; and then there are the ancient Romans" I say typical because Herman and his wife Susan Fisher and their children were family friends. We spent many hours in conversations over several decades at their summer home in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, where this interview was recorded.

-Chip Berlet

 
         
 

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Part One: How the Chinese Emperor learned to exercise restraint--why the "rule of law" is never enough.

 

Part Three: What we learned from the Chinese and Romans when we designed our democracy--and why it matters.

 
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Part Two: How the Romans experimented with different forms of rule--some better than others.

 

Part Four: Tea Party Populism, pluralism, & civil society: in the public square we need courage--but also moderation.

 
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More about Herman Sinaiko from the University of Chicago


 


 


 


Videos Online

When Democracy Works
Narrated by Scot Nakagawa

Vincent Harding
Students as Leaders

Herman Sinaiko
Democracy and the Obligations of Leaders and Citizens--From China in the age of the Mandarins to the Tea Parties Today


Civic Education

Elements of Democracy: The Overall Concept

Basic Concepts, from Magruder's, Chapter One

Essential Elements: The International Consensus

Democracy Activism

Frances Moore Lappé, Doing Democracy: 10 Practical Arts Handbook, Small Planet Institute.

Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, New Society Publishers.

Higher Education

The Democracy Imperitive
A project mobilizing higher education to support democracy

Democracy Now!: A daily independent global news hour with Amy Goodman & Juan González

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Democracy is not a specific set of institutions but a process that requires dissent.
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Democracy is a process that assumes the majority of people, 
over time, given enough accurate information,
the ability to participate in a free and open public debate,
and to vote without intimidation,
reach constructive decisions that benefit the whole of society, and 
preserve liberty, protect our freedoms, extend equality,
and thus defend democracy itself. 

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Democracy is not a specific set of institutions but a process that requires dissent.
- - -
Democracy is a process that assumes the majority of people, 
over time, given enough accurate information,
the ability to participate in a free and open public debate,
and to vote without intimidation,
reach constructive decisions that benefit the whole of society, and 
preserve liberty, protect our freedoms, extend equality,
and thus defend democracy itself. 

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