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Limits of a liberal democracy


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A presentation on the Limits of a Liberal Democracy. Is Britain a Liberal Democracy?

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Limits of a liberal democracy

  1. 1. Limits of a Liberal Democracy Sachin Nandha Ph.D
  2. 2. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Ph.D Philosophy of Mind Merton College, Oxford Kings College London & Princeton University
  3. 3. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Democracy “a democracy would be fully participatory and would aim for the common good in order to achieve excellence.” Aristotle “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers, for there is no power but of God. The powers that be are ordained by God. Whoever therefore resisted the powers has resisted the ordnance of God, and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Bible, Romans 13 verse 1 & 2
  4. 4. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Democracy Power of the People Liberal “freedom” consent of the governed right to life, liberty & property welfare state, religious toleration, free market economies, globalisation
  5. 5. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Democracy Power of the People DirectRepresentative
  6. 6. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Representative Democracy What is it? Political plurality Free & Fair elections Quasi Oligarchy Elected members Political parties Financial Institutions Interest groups
  7. 7. Sachin Nandha Ph.D People Electorate Religious Institutions P r i v a t e b u s i n e s s Special Interest groups Financial Institutions Government Bank of EnglandAcademia Monarchy NGOsy Elected members & Political parties
  8. 8. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Liberal Democracy Anglo Judo-Christian Capitalist Representative Liberal Democracy
  9. 9. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Limits of a Liberal Democracy Rhetoric of the age Mild thought control Vilification of dissenters Best alternative Polarisation of debate
  10. 10. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Limits of a Liberal Democracy Bourgeoisie State Financial Institutions Private Business Citizen to Consumer Docile public
  11. 11. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Limits of a Liberal Democracy Media & Special interest State Media corporations Personality orientated Distortion of policy Suppression of non mainstream views Walter Lippmann
  12. 12. Sachin Nandha Ph.D Limits of a Liberal Democracy Subservient State Free Market Capital Telos “narrow interests”
  13. 13. Sachin Nandha Ph.D A Liberal Democracy Citizens Direct participation Nation State ? Public control on Financial Institutions Free Media