Thomas Paine is the founder of modern democracy. He crafted the democratic movement in three countries, and it spread on its own around the world.
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Roslyn Fuller, a leading expert in the study of the Athenian political system, speaks with me about her work and the direct democracy of ancient Athens.
Greece’s Hot Spring united Greeks from all walks of life but it was ultimately defeated due to the lack of a clear political alternative.
Press freedom in Greece under pressure. The state is abusing its authority, creating a sense of “asphyxiation” in public discourse.
A strong, radically democratic vision for the left must combine advocacy of growing state power with demands for more effective citizen oversight.
To what extent are elections truly democratic? At the dawn of democracy in Athens, elected representatives used to be picked by lot.
The small Balkan country of Macedonia officially changed its name Tuesday by adding a geographic designation that ends a decades-old dispute.
Few Macedonians turned out to vote in a referendum on whether to change the name of their country — a move towards joining NATO and the European Union.
President Gjorge Ivanov of Macedonia says he won’t vote in a Sept. 30 referendum on whether to change the Balkan country’s name to “North Macedonia.”
This is in keeping with his promise to bring his transnational movement down to the national level in due course