During the 1960s, large groups of people who are normally passive and apathetic began to try to enter the political arena to press their demands. The naive might call that democracy, but that’s because they don’t understand. The sophisticated understand that that’s the crisis of democracy.”
The social movements of the last decades show precisely the real concerns of the people that their representative democratic governors fail to adequately address. They show exactly the kinds of issues that elected governments are incapable of resolving or taking seriously. They show exactly the civil and democratic potential that is arrested in the people. They show exactly the yelling willingness and enthusiastic readiness on part of the people to actively engage in most serious, delicate and controversial matters. They show exactly the often undeniable discrepancy between the public opinion and the many actions taken in its name by the government – sometimes in secrecy and without any consultation, sometimes despite manifested opposition of the majority of the people. They show exactly how turbulent currents of creative energy of the well-informed citizenry are being repressed in favor of maintaining a demeaning status quo. They show exactly what, in principle, constitutes the core elements of the modern world’s crisis and they show exactly that radical participatory democracy is indirectly called for to actually meet and take care of these issues. The crisis of democracy demonstrated by messages, themes and slogans of social movements, protests and means of cultural resistance shows exactly what is the systemic make-up of the current global crisis. If the modern global crisis is essentially caused by the excesses of contentrations of power, what then needs to be done is to extend the domain of democracy in order to accomodate in it all the social spheres in which decisions having negotiated impact on the people are made, so that power can be effectively checked in all places in which it can be abused. It would follow that the current problematic situation has been made possible due to relative absence of democratic means of control in the first place, that it persists due to continuing relative deficit of democratic participation of the people and that it will be overcome only once properly sophisticated democracy is at work to allow for the transfer of the concentrated power back to the people to whom it properly belongs while at the same time ensuring the drama is not let happen again. Rather the steps to new levels and dimensions of democracy should be taken instead of the people being forever isolated, excluded and marginalized through the clever and elaborate set-up of political establishment, by means of which, they are being pushed to entrust their sacred duties to their representatives in the fatal process of giving away their own rightful power.