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Democracy/Barber: Barber distinguishes "strong" from "thin" democracy. The latter, representative democracy (see Political Representation/Barber) has two weaknesses: 1) it has often proved weakly resistant to dictatorial and totalitarian temptations, 2) it is unable to overcome its internal functional problems on its own. Thus, liberal democracy lacks binding power and transformation potential.
Problem: liberal democracy is based on premises about human nature, knowledge and politics, which are genuinely liberal but by their very nature not democratic.(1) They are rather to be divided into three types: "anarchistic", "realistic" or "minimalist" disposition.(2) See Democratic Theory/Barber, Terminology/Barber.


1. Benjamin Barber, Strong Democary, Participatory Politics for a New Age, Berkeley CA, 1984, Dt. Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie. Über die Teilhabe am Politischen, Hamburg 1994, p. 32.
2.Ebenda p. 33


Michael Haus, „Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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PolBarb I
Benjamin Barber
The Truth of Power. Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House New York 2001

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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