"Politics is the great generaliser and literature the great particulariser" - Philip Roth
There are currently about 3.3 billion people living under political systems considered autocratic, according to a report by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a research institution. That’s the highest number registered since they began regular surveys in 2006. Still, 4.2 billion people live in democracies.
Imagine anyone being able to travel virtually anywhere...such as along the Trans Siberian Railway. No substitute for the original, certainly, but perhaps a relatively green way nonetheless of democratising curiosity.
During November 2013, we listened to and would recommend the following podcasts:
Grassroots groups worldwide are promoting a new framework to radically alter the way we produce and distribute food. Uniting behind the banner of "food sovereignty", people are working not just for access to food, but for communities to have the right to democratically define their own food and agricultural systems without harming other people or the environment.
...a growing open-source platform claims to have achieved this, tracking emerging signs of conflict, epidemics etc. in troubled areas around the world.
Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want -- Clive Alexander Barnes (b. 1927), British journalist, critic, author
I'm very much an activist. I grew up in Russia during the height of the Cold War, a very restrictive communist society that didn't allow the individual to have a voice. Since moving to this country when I was 10, I've always had this drive to democratise the human voice. Technology is just a tool, and the Internet will be our tool to democratise television - Dmitry Shapiro, Founder and CEO, Veoh Networks Inc., San Diego, California
Democracy is coming to the USA - Leonard Cohen