Helen Douglas returns to Kalk Bay Books to ask a question:
What do we think about when we think about democracy? Come and join a conversation of amateurs (non-professionals, from Latin amator – “lover”) about what we each actually, personally, think about when we think about democracy.
DETAILS: Tuesday 23 April at 6 for 6.30pm
TICKETS: R40 – to book please call us on 0217882266 or email email@example.com
A British journalist once asked Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilisation. Gandhi replied, “I think it would be a good idea.”
If we believe that democracy would also be a good idea, what is that idea and what’s so good about it? This is a real question for us now as the democratic plot seems to be getting lost, here and elsewhere.
democracy (noun) From Greek dēmos “people” + kratos “rule”
- rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives
- a government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction
- belief in political freedom and equality; the “spirit of democracy” (wiktionary)