Sad But True

“Western democracies are only the political facades of economic power. A facade with colours, banners, endless debates about sacrosanct democracy. We live in an era where we can discuss everything. With one exception: Democracy. She is there, an acquired dogma. Don’t touch, like a museum display. Elections have become the representation of an absurd comedy, shameful, where the participation of the citizen is very weak, and in which the governments represent the political commissionaires of economic power”

(Saramago, in Saramago & Jacob, 2006, p.144)

Translated by Erik Swyngedouw in Interrogating post-democratization: Reclaiming egalitarian political spaces published in Political Geography, 2011
www.elsevier.com/locate/polgeo

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