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The Shadow of UnfairnessA Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy$
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Jeffrey Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190215903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190215903.001.0001

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Why Ordinary Citizenship Is Second-Class Citizenship

Why Ordinary Citizenship Is Second-Class Citizenship

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The Shadow of Unfairness

Jeffrey Edward Green

Oxford University Press

One of the central meanings of the shadow of unfairness, and the plebeian theory of democracy it inspires, is that ordinary citizens within any conceivable liberal democracy cannot be expected to understand themselves simply as free and equal co-participants in a shared political life, because their experience of politics necessarily will be shaped by certain second-class civic structures. This chapter analyzes three of those structures: remove (citizens’ sense of being permanently on the periphery of power), manyness (the problem that the empowerment of ordinary citizens requires that they be part of a larger mass), and plutocracy (the inescapable incursion of the effects of economic inequality into spheres of political and educational opportunity). These structures not only disclose aspects of ordinary political reality largely hidden by the prevailing emphasis on a liberal democracy’s abstract principles and formal institutions, but also reveal at least a modicum of indignation as an inevitable and appropriate plebeian bearing toward liberal-democratic regimes.

Keywords:   plebeianism, democracy, citizenship, second-class citizenship, remove, manyness, plutocracy, indignation

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