Democracy Matters

I just realized why the title “Democracy Matters” sounded so familiar. Golden State Warriors basketball player, Adonal Foyle, has a foundation called “Democracy Matters.” I believe I’m going to keep the blog URL, but I should probably at least change the title of the blog to avoid confusion. Doh! What makes this strange is that I thought I Googled that title last night to make sure that nobody was using it. Very strange.

I had planned to blog about Foyle’s Democracy Matters a few months ago. I was intrigued by an interview I’d read with Foyle in AlterNet and appreciated his commitment to getting young people involved in politics and his support of progressive causes. I’ll certainly provide students with a link to the real Democracy Matters because he’s doing some interesting work and talking about democracy in a way that I find valuable.

Any suggestions for a new title?

Update: I’ve tentatitively decided to change the blog title to Rhetoric and Democracy, at least for tonight. Hopefully I’ll think of something better tomorrow.


  1. Francois Lachance Said,

    August 17, 2004 @ 11:59 am


    If the course is centred upon the discourse of electoral politics (as it transpires in the media and in blog writing), is the course focus then a bit narrower than “Rhetoric and Democracy”?

    Is this a “Persuasion and Elections” course?

  2. chuck Said,

    August 17, 2004 @ 12:38 pm

    Franocis, that might be a good way of characterizing it. I do plan to take studnets out of the din of the echo chamber and hopefully find more nuanced arguments. But we’ll be watching the first debate as a class, and the class may also discuss the Republican convention as well.

    I’m also going to track down other kinds of arguments, including satires from The Onion and The Daily Show, to discuss how they function. More insomnia last night, so I’m having a hard time focusing…

  3. Amardeep Said,

    August 18, 2004 @ 10:40 am

    I like “Rhetoric and Democracy” — more, in fact, than “Democracy Matters.”

    You can even abbreviate it nicely to R&D after a few weeks…

  4. chuck Said,

    August 18, 2004 @ 11:20 am

    Good point. I’ll probably stick with “Rhetoric and Democracy” at this point–it conveys both themes of the course rather nicely.

    I had noticed the acronym “RAD,” but that just sounded too much like a composition teacher desperately trying to be cool.

    “R&D” is much better.

  5. Josephine Dixon-Banks Said,

    October 7, 2004 @ 11:33 am

    Is Democracy being used as A Weapon of Mass Destruction:

    Weaponized Freedom

    Wholesale democracy sold as retail
    Freedom is incapacitated locked in jail
    Liberty in the layaway without bail
    War is the prostitute on the campaign trail

    Democracy for sale—Democracy for sale
    Weaponized free-enterprise, impeached democratized
    Imperialism to no avail
    Bi-partisan politicians pimping people’s entrails
    Democracy for sale—Democracy for sale

    Terrorism merchandised to the highest bidder
    Political policy a bi-partisan stripper
    Free-trade gets paid to get laid
    Open door policy is the capitalist’s charade

    Civil-War ain’t civil, just barbaric
    Collateral casualties are esoteric
    Crimes against humanity all so generic

    Warmongers copulate war but never bemoan
    They pledged alliance to the scull and bones

    Democracy for sale—Democracy for sale
    Weaponized free-enterprise, impeached democratized
    Imperialism to no avail
    Bi-partisan politicians pimping people’s entrails

    COPYRIGHT 2004

    The Bill, For The Bill of Rights

    The political-democracy picking the aristocracy
    Like the slaves picked cotton
    We the people are totally forgotten
    We the people are totally forgotten

    Poor people pay the ultimate price
    Coersive persuasion –a mind control device
    Willingly give your life as a sacrifice
    Then die for a cause that violates human rights laws

    Economic sanctions aimed at the poor
    Carpet bombing civilians desecrates laws of war
    When government becomes God, for economic gains
    The Bill of Rights wanes, wanes, wanes

    Zero tolerance for violence is galore, in the times of war
    The whole world saturated with the Blood of The Poor
    The cost of freedom, war’s consummate whore
    Business interests favor war, as it’s savior

    COPYRIGHT 2004

    Political Picnic

    Harvest time in an election year
    League of legal lies litigating fear
    Processed political peer pressure programs the volunteer
    Prison camp indoctrination makes it’s premiere

    Psychological nit-picking produces thought reform
    Cult-like recruitment, the phenomenal brainstorm
    Bureaucratic mind, designed attitudes to conform
    Regulated, gun to yo head mentality, the norm

    Rape a mind, pick a weapon of control
    Systematic extermination of free thought
    The civilian death toll

    Pick, The pledge of allegiance to human rights, Rationality
    Life, liberty, justice, equality for all, the only, Nationality
    Pick, The declaration of all human beings are born and
    Ordained free
    Citizens of the world…not a detainee

    Harvest time to reassign the mind

    Misconception, stolen election
    Political orientation the miseducation
    Regulated participation, social sublimation
    Pathological prevarication proclamation

    It takes an act of congress to define a, word
    Military might maintains the handcrafted boy herd

    COPYRIGHT 2004

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