Democracy and the dangers of silence

(John Keane)

“We are living in a new era of large-scale catastrophes whose causes, ruinous effects and remedies demand bold new thinking about the way manufactured public silence operates as the currency of power. Calamities such as Fukushima, Deepwater Horizon and the recent near-collapse of Atlantic-region banks and credit institutions, John Keane argues, force us to reconsider the meaning of democracy and the inherited reasons why the old European ideal of freedom of communication is desirable – far more precious than our ancestors could possibly have imagined“.

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