URBAN DEMOCRACY # 6 
A Journal of International Debate                July  2011                 ISSN 1617-8092 
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Editorial

Last fall we focused on the protests in Stuttgart, Germany, that saw one hundred fifty thousand people taking to the streets in a mid-sized state capital in South West Germany.

The protests started with a few hundred, then thousands, then tens of thousands...    [ read more
 
 

A TIME OF CRISIS IS A MOMENT OF CHANGE

Myrto Ioannidou, Living at a Time of Change 

Diana Collins, War, devastation, inflation, huge budget deficits – the price for what?
 
 

THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY

Carla Lomax, They don’t represent us! 

Johanna Karbe, Innerparteiliche Demokratie: Wie real ist sie heute? [Democracy in Parties - How Real Is It? (German)]

J. Weidenfels, Die katholische Soziallehre, die »Wirtschaft«, die repräsentative Demokratie und die Partizipation [Catholic Social Doctrine, the Economy, Representative Democracy and Participation (in German = G)]

Jack Kovacs Why We Need A Democracy Movement in the United States
 
 

THE QUEST FOR PARTICIPATION

or THE DESIRE TO BE HEARD, TO SPEAK OUT, 
TO REFLECT, TO DEBATE, AND TO TAKE PART IN THE PERMANENT DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

Vox populi, Ägypten ist ein Beispiel! Spanien ist ein Beispiel! Ohne mehr Demokratie ist nichts möglich!
[Egypt is An Example! Spain is An Example! Without Democracy Nothing is Possible! (G)]

Jaime RosdolskyReal Democracy, Yes! 
A Democracy Movement is forming in Spain

Hans Sommerfeld, Der Paukenschlag, der die Tassen zum Klirren bringt [Like a Thunderbolt That Is Shattering Window Panes... (G)]

John Martinez, Yes, we can!
 
 

WE, THE PEOPLE

John Ranta, Über demokratische ‚leader’ und was sie uns bedeuten könnten [On Democratic Leaders, And What They Might Mean To Us (G)

Peter Light, Rejecting the Ballot

Wayne PoundsPearl Harbor, Oklahoma 
[An Interview: How Uncle Earl Remembers the Beginning of A War] 

Leo Lambert, Von den verschiedenen Weisen, die letzte Zeile eines Gedichts zu lesen [On Different Ways of Reading the Last Two Lines of a Poem (G)]

Jochen Jakobsen, Vom Gemeinwohl, dem schöpferischen Potential der Menschen, und ihrer Verantwortung für das Lebendige [About the Common Good, the Creative Potential of Human Beings, and Their Responsibility for What Is Alive (G)]

Jo Jankowicz, A Few Observations on Some Socio-Psychological Effects of the Crisis 

Alicia Zukofsky, Knowledge Is Not Understanding: A Plea for Hope, and for Trust in People

Jonathan Fabre, Was können wir aus der zunehmenden Tendenz, sich bei Wahlen zu enthalten, lernen? Welche vernünftige Alternative gibt es? [What Can We Learn From the Tendency to Abstain from Voting? Which Reasonable Alternatives Do Exist ? (G)]

Barbara Lohfeld, Lob der Gleichheit [In Praise of Equality(G)]

Angela Mohr / Lisa Mohr / Jan Kowalski, Wir wollen leben [Longing for A Life That's Worth Its Name (G)
 
 

TECHNOLOGIES OF GOVERNMENT:  REPRESSION IS AN ANSWER THAT WILL FAIL IN THE LONG RUN

Karen Koch, Die Demokratie-Bewegungen und die Gewalt der Staatsmacht [Democracy Movements and the Violence of the State (G)]
 
 

WHICH WAY NOW?

Alfred Mossmann, Die Demokratie- Bewegung‚ partizipative Demokratie und die politische Klasse. Wohin geht die Entwicklung und wer wird sie bestimmen?
[The Democracy Movement, Participative Democracy and the Classe Politique. What Will the Future Bring and Who Will Shape It? (G)]

J. Weidenfels und Joan Chen, Schaltet sie ab!  Nein zur Atomkraft! [Turn 'em off! No to Nuclear Power (G)]

Andreas Weiland, Between Hope and Pessimism 

Gerhard Kornblum, Für ein breites Bündnis! Die Demokratiebewegung in Mitteleuropa muss Trennendes überwinden und parteipolitische Sektierer in die Schranken weisen! [For A Broad Alliance! The Democracy Movement in Central Europe Must Overcome What Separates and Calm Down Supporters Who Try To Divide Us Along Party Lines (G)]

Maggy Hoss, A Few Thoughts About An All Too Imperfect Democracy, and What We Can Do About It 

Joan Chen et al., Für eine ALLIANZ FÜR DEMOKRATIE! [An Alliance for Democracy, Yes! (G)]
 
 

Contributions (in English, French, Spanish, German or Dutch) are welcome. If published by Urban Democracy, the copyright remains with the author(s). 

URBAN DEMOCRACY is published and edited by the Urban Democracy Group. In order to get in touch, you can send an e-mail to the editors.
Get in touch!
 

This issue was edited by Joan Chen
 

links:
 

documenta eleven:
"democracy
as a permanent,
unfinished
process"

Zcommunications

IPS news
 
 

Democracy real YA!
http://www.democraciarealya.es
 

Manifesto of Democracia real YA!

backup  copy
 

DemocraciarealYa Sevilla
(29-5-2011)

backup copy
 

Suite 101. net
http://www.suite101.net
 
 

Carolina Castañeda López, La "Spanish Revolution" y los movimientos sociales en la red

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Lola Romero Gil, Movimientos ciudadanos, la red se mueve

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Lola Romero Gil, "Una
semana de España 
acampada, por la
democracia real"

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Al Ahram Weekly
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg

Galal Nassar, "The Arab Spring and the crisis of the elite"

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Al MasryAlyoum.com
http://www.almasryalyoum.com

Mohamed Azouz, Egypt govt mulls raising workers' incentives in bid to thwart 
labor strikes 
 

Ahmad Fouad Najem, "Forbidden"

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Krisenproteste-Stuttgart
 

We won't pay for
your crisis 
(back-up copy)
 

K21

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Giessener Ztg. on the Stuttgart demonstration 
Sept. .30, 2010

HOW A SIT-IN BY
PUPILS WAS DISSOLVED
Der SPIEGEL
PHOTOS

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NY Times
on Stuttgart

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more links

bitter lemons

art in society

street voice

intercultural
studies
 

CALL FOR PAPERS

"Can democratization and a change of our 'life style' help us cope with the ecological, economic and social crisis?"

THERE ARE MANY WAYS ONE MIGHT DEAL WITH THIS QUESTION

IT IS POSSIBLE TO FOCUS ON ON ONE ASPECT

[No fixed dead line, at present]

 

 

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