We, the Sovereign - Radical Futures (Paperback)Gianpaolo Baiocchi (author)
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In this book, Gianpaolo Baiocchi argues that the only answer is a radical utopia of popular self-rule. This means that the 'people' who rule must be understood as a demos that is totally open, inclusive and egalitarian, constantly expanding its boundaries. But it also means that sovereignty must be absolute, possessing total power over all relevant decisions that impact the conditions of life. Only, he argues, by a process of explosive and creative tension between this radical view of the 'we' and an absolute idea of the 'sovereign' can we transform our approach to political parties and state institutions and make them instruments of total emancipation.
Illustrated by the real-life experiences of movements throughout the world, from Latin America to Southern Europe, Baiocchi's provocative vision will be essential reading for all activists who want to understand the true meaning of radical democracy in the 21st century.
Publisher: Polity Press
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 148 g
Dimensions: 190 x 125 x 11 mm
Greg Grandin, New York University
"Is the Left really in crisis? This book gives this question a rightly nuanced answer. Based on a solid knowledge of the successes and failures of Latin American emancipatory attempts, Gianpaolo Baiocchi points at the need for a radically democratic people sovreignty, connecting the energies of social movements with institutions."
Donatella della Porta, Scuola normale superiore, Florence
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