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by Jack Kessler, email@example.com
-- some good recent news stories, and other resources, on the importance of reaching small urban neighborhoods and small towns, in this 2012 election... "voter turnout" / "small is beautiful" / "democracy"... and on how to "leverage the Internet" to accomplish this...
- Robert Dahl
The Radical View, from The Master himself... Dahl has taught generations of Yalies about democracy: two recent Presidential Race contenders among them, and their leading challenger, and plenty of others. Nearly all of Dahl's students have stayed wide awake, and attentive, in his freshman-politics class, often on the edges of their seats. So, if you didn't get your democracy well, from Dahl, you must have been one of those very few recent Yalies, and Presidents, and recent Presidential candidates, who cut Dahl's fine and fascinating classes... maybe one of those "C's"... maybe better to have gotten out of bed to go to that one...
Always precise, always irreverent, now at age 100+ Robert Dahl still is making people think hard about democracy: the following is not the complete list -- Dahl has written a lot -- all of it very much worth reading, nowadays, after that 2000 Florida "election", and post-"9/11"... and amid "wars", of various kinds...
- How democratic is the American Constitution?. 2nd ed. (New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2003).
- Modern political analysis. with Bruce Stinebrickner. 6th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, c2003).
- De la démocratie. traduit de l'américain par Monique Berry. Traduction de : On democracy. ([Paris] : Nouveaux horizons, 2001).
- How democratic is the American Constitution? (New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001).
- On democracy. (New Haven : Yale Nota Bene, 2000).
- On democracy. (New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c1998).
- Dahl reflects on a preface to democratic theory. Public affairs report. Vol. 38, no. 4 (July 1997).
- Toward democracy, a journey : reflections, 1940-1997. (Berkeley : Institute of Governmental Studies Press, University of California, Berkeley, 1997).
- Justifying democracy. Society. Vol. 32, no. 3 (Mar.-Apr. 1995).
- The New American political (dis)order : an essay. responses by Richard M. Abrams ... [et al.]. (Berkeley : Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 1994).
- Democracy and its critics. (New Haven : Yale University Press, 1991).
- After the revolution? : authority in a good society. Rev. ed. (New Haven : Yale University Press, c1990).
- Myth of the presidential mandate. Political science quarterly. Vol. 105, no. 3 (fall 1990).
- Democracy and its critics. (New Haven : Yale University Press, c1989).
- Democracy, liberty, and equality. (Oslo : Oxford ; New York : Norwegian University Press ; Distributed world-wide excluding Scandinavia by Oxford University Press, c1986).
- A preface to economic democracy. (Berkeley : University of California Press, reprint 1986).
- A preface to economic democracy. (Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985).
- Dilemmas of pluralist democracy : autonomy vs. control. (New Haven : Yale University Press, reprint 1983).
- Dilemmas of pluralist democracy : autonomy vs. control. (New Haven : Yale University Press, c1982).
- Democracy in the United States : promise and performance. 4th ed. (Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c1981).
- Politics, economics, and welfare : planning and politico-economic systems resolved into basic social processes. with Charles E. Lindblom ; with a new pref. by the authors. (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1976).
- Democracy in the United States : promise and performance. 3d ed. (Chicago : Rand McNally College Pub. Co., c1976).
- L'Analyse politique contemporaine. traduit de [la 2e éd. anglaise] par Iain Whyte ; introduction de Pierre Birnbaum. Traduction de : Modern political analysis. (Paris : R. Laffont, 1973).
- Size and democracy. with Edward R. Tufte. (Stanford, Calif., Stanford University Press, 1973).
- Regimes and oppositions. ed. Robert A. Dahl (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1973).
- Aprés la révolution : l'autorité dans une société modèle. traduit par Annie de Mèredieu. Traduction de : After the revolution: authority in a good society. (Paris; Calmann-Lévy, 1972).
- Democracy in the United States: promise and performance. 2d ed. (Chicago, Rand McNally ).
- Polyarchy; participation and opposition. (New Haven : Yale University Press, 1971).
- After the revolution; authority in a good society. (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1970).
- L'Avenir de l'opposition dans les démocraties. Traduction de: Political oppositions in Western democracies. Traduit de l'américain par Maurice Luciani. (Paris : S.I.D.I.I.S. (impr. Firmin-Didot et Cie), 1966).
- Political oppositions in western democracies. ed. Robert A. Dahl. (New Haven : Yale University Press, 1968, c1966).
- Pluralist democracy in the United States: conflict and consent. (Chicago : Rand McNally ).
- Congress and foreign policy. (New York : W.W. Norton ).
- A preface to democratic theory. (Chicago : University of Chicago Press [1967, c1956]).
- Political oppositions in Western democracies. ed. Robert A. Dahl. (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1966).
- L'Avenir de l'opposition dans les démocraties Paris, S. E. D. E. I. S., 1966.
- Politics, economics, and welfare: planning and politico-economic systems resolved into basic social processes. with Charles E. Lindblom. (New York, Harper ).
- A preface to democratic theory: How does popular sovereignty function in America?. (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1956).
- Congress and foreign policy. (New Haven : Yale Institute of International Studies, 1949).
- Isaiah Berlin
Another Master, this one from the Old Tradition over on the other side of the Pond -- Oxford's grand professor of liberal political philosophy, nevertheless easily-read and easily-understood and inspiring. Berlin's own idea that writers either are foxes or hedgehogs -- cribbed from Archilochus but Berlin's famous essay put that old Greek back on the map -- placed Berlin himself wonderfully in the latter camp: he wrote readable and entertaining essays, rather than the weighty and impenetrable tomes too often produced by others in his field -- read Isaiah Berlin and you yourself will grow proud of the liberal and critical traditions of which Dahl, above, and so many others are so proud to be a part.
The best places to begin, for reading Berlin:
- Four essays on liberty (London, New York [etc.] Oxford U.P., 1969).
- Liberty : incorporating four essays on liberty (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002).
- Historical inevitability (London : Oxford University Press, 1954).
- The hedgehog and the fox; an essay on Tolstoy's view of history (New York, Simon & Schuster ).
And he wrote plenty, too, all of it interesting: the following list is merely a selection -- Isaiah Berlin was a colorful figure, and a great deal has been written about him, as well, and about his ideas --
- Political ideas in the romantic age : their rise and influence on modern
thought (London : Chatto & Windus, 2006).
- Freedom and its betrayal : six enemies of human liberty (Princeton, N.J. : Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2002).
- The power of ideas (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2000).
- Concepts and categories : philosophical essays (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1999 ; New York : Viking Press, 1979).
- The roots of romanticism (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1999).
- The proper study of mankind : an anthology of essays (London : Chatto & Windus, 1997).
- The sense of reality : studies in ideas and their history (New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997).
- The crooked timber of humanity : chapters in the history of ideas (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1997?] ; New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1991 ; London : John Murray, 1990).
- Karl Marx : his life and environment (New York : Oxford University Press, 1996 ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1978 ; London, New York, Oxford University Press, 1963 ; London, New York, Oxford University Press, 1960; New York, Oxford University Press, 1959 ; London, T. Butterworth ltd. ).
- Against the current : essays in the history of ideas (Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin, 1982, c1979 ; New York : Viking Press, 1980, c1979).
- The Age of Enlightenment; the eighteenth century philosophers, selected, with introduction and interpretive commentary (New York, Braziller, 1957 [c1956] ; Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1956 ; Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1956).
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