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Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone – Astra Taylor in conversation w/ Gareth Evans

23rd October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Please join us for an event to celebration of Astra Taylor’s new book: Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone. The author will be in conversation with Gareth Evans, film and moving image curator of the Whitechapel gallery.

Did democracy ever exist? Why is it no longer possible?

Democracy is in crisis. In every major company it has been stole by elites or in the hands of strong men. In democracy’s name we see a raft of policies that spread inequality and xenophobia worldwide. It is clear that democracy—the principle of government by and for the people – is not living up to its promise.

In fact, real democracy—inclusive and egalitarian—has in fact never existed. In this urgent and engaging book, Astra Taylor invites us to re-examine the term. Is democracy a means or an end? A process or a set of desired outcomes? What if the those outcomes, whatever they may be—peace, prosperity, equality, liberty, an engaged citizenry—can be achieved by non-democratic means? Or if an election leads to a terrible outcome? If democracy means rule by the people, what does it mean to rule and who counts as the people? The inherent paradoxes are too often unnamed and unrecognized. But to ignore them is no longer possible.

Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone offers a better understanding of what is possible, what we want, and why democracy is so hard to realize.

ASTRA TAYLOR is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and activist. Her films include Examined Life, and her books include The People’s Platform.


23rd October 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm