Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone


by Taylor, Astra

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by Taylor, Astra | Humanities
Published 01/10/2019 by Verso Books
Paperback | 368 pages

Democracy is in crisis. In every major company it has been stole by elites or in the hands of strong men. In democracy’s name we see a raft of policies that spread inequality and xenophobia worldwide. It is clear that democracy – the principle of government by and for the people – is not living up to its promise.


A collage of people, voices, eras, and emotions [Taylor] covers the suffering of communities as well as their triumphs in solidarity.
–VogueImpressive –New York Times

An impressive contribution to this anxious re-examination of political assumptions and practices . . .Displays considerable intellectual nimbleness
–Randall Kennedy, New York Times

Astra Taylor’s new book – sequel to her brilliant The People’s Platform – is appropriately stellar. She embodies the right or rather the left sort of democratic engagement as both documentary filmmaker and critical analyst alike. Her unshakeable belief in democracy as a viable project of collective self-rule is indeed a radical act. Bring it on. –Paul Cartledge, author of Democracy: A Life

A politically-engaged exploration, taking us far beyond the idea that democracy just means periodic elections, civil liberties…Strongly recommended –Peace News

About the Author

Astra Taylor is the author of The People’s Platform (winner of the American Book Award) and made two documentary films, Zizek! and Examined Life. Taylor’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, n+1, and The Baffler, where she is a contributing editor. She lives in New York City.