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Brocker I 681
Democratic Theory/Democracy/Barber: Barber understands democracy not only as a decision-making process, but as an overarching way of life that a self-governing political community is able to support. Thus, his work Strong Democracy (1) is an attempt to re-found a participatory theory of democracy.
1. BarberVsLiberalism: Barber criticizes liberal concepts of democracy
2. Barber pro Pluralism, Barber pro Individualism
3. Thesis: a "strong democracy" ((s) participatory democracy) can be achieved in a targeted manner in contemporary society. See Democracy/Barber.
Brocker I 682/683
Def Anarchist Disposition of traditional Democratic Theory: this reflects the power-critical side of liberalism, e.g. Locke and Robert Nozick.
Def Realistic Disposition: can be found in Machiavelli and Hobbes in particular: it is domination affine because it assumes that politics cannot bind people by inner beliefs, but rather requires external sanctions and incentives.
BarberVsLiberalism: the conflict between power-critical-anarchistic and power-affinity-realistic disposition leads to schizophrenic features (2)
Def Minimalist disposition: (e.g. Rawls and Mill): aims to resolve this disunity by advocating a "policy of tolerance". (3)
Solution/Rawls/Mill: Protection against intolerant majorities and goods distribution on the basis of reciprocity.
Barber pro Minimalism: in this way beyond liberalism, but without revealing the view to "more creative forms of politics" (4). See also Terminology/Barber.


1. Benjamin Barber, Strong Democary, Participatory Politics for a New Age, Berkeley CA, 1984, Dt. Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie. Über die Teilhabe am Politischen, Hamburg 1994.
2. Ibid. p. 47
3. Ibid. p. 49
4. Ibid. p. 55.

Michael Haus, „Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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PolBarb I
Benjamin Barber
The Truth of Power. Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House New York 2001

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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