Democracy: A Right, Not a Luxury
Is democracy a luxury good in America, discarded when the going gets rough?
Gov. Snyder's response is what Canadian author and social activist
Citizens oppose this, so democracy itself must be trashed - particularly in majority minority cities. In
Instead of an emergency manager, the governor's draft would create a nine-person "Financial Advisory Board" with similarly unlimited budgetary and economic development powers. The mayor and
The governor offers no new assistance from the state. While city workers gird themselves for another blow, corporate vultures are circling, salivating at the possibilities of gentrifying public parks or profiting from privatized services.
What's needed instead is more democracy, not less. At the federal level, aid should be increased to cities and states to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters, police officers and other front-line public servants. A regional development plan should be put together by federal, state and local officials.
In the city, community meetings are needed to discuss difficult choices and clear priorities. A better-informed citizenry is better able to make hard choices. The mayor and
Two things should be clear:
The private financial elites who caused the mess should not be given dictatorial powers to clean it up.
And democracy isn't a luxury; it is a fundamental right.
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