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Awakening to the Call of Receptive Democratic Progress

Awakening to the Call of Receptive Democratic Progress Romand Coles "Progress" is a fraught term of political discourse­­a transformed into political soporific to embolden a nation-state double-edged razor-sharp sword. Democracy is unintellisacrificing tens of thousands of Americans and Iraqis to the slaughters of war; and sacrificing the basic needs of tens of milgible and impossible without a notion of progress: an ethical lions of poor people­­disproportionately people of color­­as the and political direction (or telos) toward which we struggle, and a sense that we might find or forge paths upon which state cuts support to programs for housing, nutrition, health care, environmental justice, schools, etc. As dominant powers impede to advance. And yet democracy is corrupted, misguided, efforts to advance receptive democratic initiatives, the rhetoric of and undermined­­made unintelligible and impossible­­by progress increasingly conceals and legitimates anti-democratic deployments of "progress" that have legitimated so many developments. awful things. Our history is teeming with examples of each; The deeper problem, however, lies in the widely accepted sometimes the distinctions are clear, often they are not. imperative­­born with the U.S. founding and perpetuated as a People in America inherit these contradictions at the heart of national mythos­­that in order to secure and legitimate power, "progress" through specific narratives http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Awakening to the Call of Receptive Democratic Progress

The Good Society , Volume 17 (1) – Sep 20, 2008

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Abstract

Romand Coles "Progress" is a fraught term of political discourse­­a transformed into political soporific to embolden a nation-state double-edged razor-sharp sword. Democracy is unintellisacrificing tens of thousands of Americans and Iraqis to the slaughters of war; and sacrificing the basic needs of tens of milgible and impossible without a notion of progress: an ethical lions of poor people­­disproportionately people of color­­as the and political direction (or telos) toward which we struggle, and a sense that we might find or forge paths upon which state cuts support to programs for housing, nutrition, health care, environmental justice, schools, etc. As dominant powers impede to advance. And yet democracy is corrupted, misguided, efforts to advance receptive democratic initiatives, the rhetoric of and undermined­­made unintelligible and impossible­­by progress increasingly conceals and legitimates anti-democratic deployments of "progress" that have legitimated so many developments. awful things. Our history is teeming with examples of each; The deeper problem, however, lies in the widely accepted sometimes the distinctions are clear, often they are not. imperative­­born with the U.S. founding and perpetuated as a People in America inherit these contradictions at the heart of national mythos­­that in order to secure and legitimate power, "progress" through specific narratives

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Sep 20, 2008

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