February 21, 2015

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“Americans Are Pleased To Believe They Live In A Democracy….” Marshall Sahlins

“Even apart from a history of slavery, the same contradictions remain true for contemporary Americans who are pleased to believe they “live in democracy” although they spend the far greater part of their lives in undemocratic institutions such as families, schools, capitalist workplaces-not to mention the military and bureaucratic institutions of the government itself. Hey look, people: the democracy has no clothes.”

Sahlins, Marshall. The Western Illusion Of Human Nature. Prickly Paradigm Press, Chicago: 2008.
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