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HLTH 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Ecofascism, Delegative Democracy, Civil DisobediencePremium

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HLTH 101
Elaine Power

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HLTH 101 – Lecture 10 – Democracy & Movements: Waves and a Limited Window
Guest Speakers from “Till The Cows Come Home”
Questions for Social Movements like “save our prison farms” for active citizens of democracies:
1) What is your goal/what needs changing?
2) What are the roles of civil society and social movements within nation state
3) How and when do you decide your democratic structures are not working? Note the
grey area between not getting what you want and not “functioning” as “designed”.
4) When is it important to break the law because current structures aren’t working?
5) How do governance structures themselves change and what does the future of
democracy (or eco-fascism) look like?
**We can not take our democratic structures for granted — we did not always have a
democratic structure in place, and there’s no guarantee that we will have a democratic vote in
the future
Civil Society: all different types of groups of organizations that want to affect the broader
movement of society, but aren’t part of the private or government sector
-Anytime we try to influence each other, power is present, and resistance is present
-There is a convergence of ecological change
-There exists a geological history of mass extinctions
-We are well into the process of a human-created extinction (driven by climate change)
-We have a short window of time to become a sustainable species (to change our government
structure, geological methods, etc.), whatever the word “sustainable” means
-The window of time to become a sustainable species democratically is much smaller
-Good democracy takes time
-Death does not take time & dictatorship does not take (as much) time
-The more things process negatively ecologically, the greater the pressure will be for decisions
to be made as the feeling of crisis comes upon us
-Over the past 200 years, democracy has not been a straight line (waves of up and down)
-Fascism rose and it was not certain that democracy would return
-Currently, it is up in the air
-The problem with the main structure of democracy:
1. Limited choices in candidates
2. Electoral cycle (is 4 years enough for a candidate to feel empowered enough to make
long-term ecological policy?)
3. Liquid democracy — arose as the result in flaws of voting structure. We as citizens are
responsible to look in depth at the issues and promises highlighted by the different policies; are
we making informed decisions? Many individuals are disengaged from the process. But what’s a
realistic solution?
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