New Humanity Movement

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Maria_ZambranoDemagogic rule flatters the people by encouraging only an elementary force; demagogic rule degrades people by regarding them on the level of a mass (of people).  The mass is a crude material, a material that merely “stands by”: it is degradation because it distances the people as a reality, a reality of humans, from the aspect in which the human reality reaches its full potential, the possibility of living as a person.  Which implies responsibility and conscience.  Consequently, the demagogue consciously or maybe not even unconsciously looks down on the people, in the same way that every flatterer looks down on the one s/he flatters. And his purpose is merely to reduce the people to a mass, to degrade the people as a mass so as to be able to dominate them and so that he becomes the only individual in front of the masses, above the masses. (Maria Zambrano, Democracy and the person)

 

 

“Cities have become dumping grounds for the problems caused by globalisation.  Its citizens and those that have been elected as their representatives, are faced with a task that they cannot even dream of completing, the task of finding local solutions to contradictions that are global”.  (Z. Bauman, Trust and fear in the city, page 19, Mondadori, 2005.)

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