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Department
History
Course
HIS330H5
Professor
Kevin P.Coleman
Semester
Winter

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Ernesto Laclau’s and Chantal Mouffe’s Appendix ‘Why Call Some Demands ‘Democratic’?’ from On Populist Reason appears to have set out to explain the category “democratic demands”. In other words why some demands are termed democratic and how is it that they came upon this. The appendix immediately starts to clarify that the word democratic in ‘democratic demands’ is not related in anyways to the democratic regime or to any of its particular ways. This is reaffirmed later on when it is stated that the democratic part is “not because of any nostalgic attachment to the Marxian tradition”. That said, it is argued that there are some aspect of democracy that are used: Firstly that demands are brought up by an “underdog of sorts” to a system (in the Posthegemony book by Beasley- Murray it is specified that the demands are brought to the system that is in power). Secondly the demand comes from what he calls a “deficient being” that represents some sort o
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