Editor’s Page

On the third anniversary of the launch of Democratiya, Dissent co-editor Michael Walzer writes on the ‘two commitments’ that ‘give shape to the Democratiya project.’

‘The first,’ he writes, ‘is to defend and promote a left politics that is liberal, democratic, egalitarian, and internationalist. Those four adjectives should routinely characterize left politics, but we all know that they don’t.’ Hence the importance of Democratiya’s second commitment: ‘to defend and promote a form of political argument that is nuanced, probing, and concrete, principled but open to disagreement: no slogans, no jargon, no unexamined assumptions, no party line.’

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