On Democracy: Toward a Transformation of American Society

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On Democracy: Toward a Transformation of American Society

By Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers
Penguin, 1983
240 pp. $6.95
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The authors of this impressive and tightly reasoned essay argue that inequalities in the distribution of resources, inherent in capitalism, drain democracy of real meaning and produce an inhumane foreign policy. In seeking to describe the essentials of a new democratic order free of "the intrusions of private power," they write with more convincing specificity and confidence about reform in the domestic policy arena than in the foreign one.