‘Democracy is a Verb’ With Astra Taylor

On the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in democracy

Douglas Rushkoff
Jun 12 · 2 min read
from https://www.whatisdemocracy.info/
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Returning to play for Team Human today, filmmaker, author, musician, and activist Astra Taylor. Astra joins Douglas for a conversation that wrestles with the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in democracy. It’s a discussion explored in her latest film, What is Democracy? and her new book, Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone. (Hudson Books, Indie Bound, Amazon)

Do we really have a clear vision and political imagination of what democracy should look like? How can we both recognize the tensions in democracy and create conditions where these contradictions are more constructive than destructive? In what ways are we empowered in our everyday lives to enact democracy?

Astra and Douglas explore these questions and more as they make the case that democracy is not a “thing” nor a set of procedures, but rather an “unfolding,” a process. Democracy is a verb!

Follow Astra on Twitter here.

Hear Astra discuss her work with the Debt Collective on the very first episode of Team Human.

Today’s episode begins with Douglas looking at Trump as “editor in chief.” Is Trump using a Reality TV show mindset to draw the media into his “production” of reality?

Check out written versions of Douglas’s monologues on Medium. Past Team Human podcast episodes can also be found on Medium.

On this episode you heard Fugazi’s “Foreman’s Dog” in the intro thanks to the kindness of the band and Dischord Records. Mid-show you heard R.U. Sirius’s President Mussolini Makes the Planes Run On Time. This episode concludes with Mike Watt ’s beak-holding-letter-man.

from https://zeitgeistfilms.com/film/whatisdemocracy

Douglas Rushkoff

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Author of the upcoming book Team Human, and host of the http://TeamHuman.fm podcast.

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Team Human is a podcast striving to amplify human connection. Each week we are engaging in real-time, no-holds-barred discussions with people who are hacking the machine to make it more compatible with human life, and helping redefine what it means to stay human in a digital age.

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