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Why it’s bad for democracy when we ignore the voices we would rather not hear

Scudder, Mary F. (2019) Why it’s bad for democracy when we ignore the voices we would rather not hear. Democratic Audit Blog (22 Aug 2019). Blog Entry.

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Democracy requires that citizens be empowered to speak their minds across a wide range of issues. But in order to ensure democratic equality, do we have to include and listen even to those hateful, racist, or misogynistic voices that would seek to undermine democracy? Mary F. (Molly) Scudder argues that it is only with reference to the concept of ‘uptake’ that we can effectively deal with anti-democratic speech and arguments. She argues that if we first consider and critically engage with what others have to say, we are then justified in rejecting their input and even shutting them down. Focusing on the importance of uptake in democratic deliberation, she argues,can sound the alarm – alerting people to threats to democracy – while also helping to ensure that the voices of the marginalised and oppressed are not dismissed or ignored.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 14:36
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:58

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