Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained: The True Meaning of Democracy

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Book by Arthur D Robbins

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PARADISE LOST, PARADISE REGAINED: The True Meaning of Democracy offers a fresh look at what democratic governance really means. The story begins in ancient Athens and then turns to Rome and the Italian City States. Democracy in the United States, prior to the signing of the Constitution, is explored in detail. There is a section devoted to the effects of war on emergent democracy in the Middle Ages and in France at the time of the Revolution. The book concludes with a review of recent experiments in democracy, especially in India and Latin America


This eye-opening, earth-shaking book takes us on an engrossing trip through ancient, medieval and modern history. We see how 21st century oligarchs, in their quest for power, have taken an important concept like democracy and emptied it of its true meaning.

Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained by Arthur Robbins is a fresh, torrential shower of revealing insights and vibrant lessons we can use to pursue the blessings and pleasures of a just society through civic efforts that are not as difficult as we have been led to believe.ÓRalph Nader

Arthur Robbins takes us across the centuries, describing the struggle for, and against, democracy. His book is politically literate, historically informed, and richly encyclopedic in scope. You will find him to be engaging and entertaining company.ÓMichael Parenti, author of The Face of Imperialism and The Assassination of Julius Caesar.

There are no issues more important in our times than the threat to our fundamental freedoms and the need to reclaim democracy's deepest and most authentic meaning, which is why every citizen everywhere must read Arthur Robbins' timely and necessary book, Paradise Lost, Paradise RegainedDr. Vandana Shiva, author of Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

This book will inform and inspire readers who want to understand democracy today and bring about its resurrection. RobbinsÕ prose is clear and his range of knowledge is astonishingÉ. After learning about democratic process, democratic experiments that are now underway, and after considering RobbinsÕ proposals for a more democratic government, readers of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained will emerge with hope rekindled. This is a great book.Ó Joshua I. Miller, Professor, Department of Government and Law, Lafayette College, author of The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630-1789: The Legacy for Contemporary Politics


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