We start the month off with a new Marigold Mention – Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor.
Astra Taylor is an activist, writer, and filmmaker who seeks questions. Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone began as a documentary, What is Democracy? in which Taylor traveled across the world speaking to activists, asylum seekers, scholars, workers, etc. to develop a framework of how people connect and understand democracy. Taylor began in Athens, Greece with the philosophy of Plato, coming to the foundation of its beginnings – demos (people) and kratos (hold the power).
Taylor recognized the simplicity that it stemmed from, but the vastness and complexity it has come to encompass that perhaps, democracy is something continuously progressed towards although not ever fully achieved. Taylor invites people to think and reflect upon the history and philosophy of the practice for a more dynamic conversation on our present placement.