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In Chantal Mouffes collection of essays The Democratic Paradox sheexpresses her belief that modern democracy is contradicting and thatthere is a central antagonism She further explains that there cannot besuch a thing as a liberal democracy because liberalism and democracyare two different things liberal tradition should not be related withdemocratic tradition Those values are central to the liberal traditionand they are constitutive of the modern view of the world Neverthelessone should not make them part and parcel of the democratic traditionwhose core values equality and popular sovereignty are differentpage 2 Mouffe explains When Mouffe differentiates liberal traditionfrom democratic tradition she is saying that liberal democracy isnonexistent in that a country cannot be governed by both ideas ofliberal traditions and democratic traditions because they areantitheses Lets not forget that while we tend today to take thelink between liberalism and democracy for granted their union far frombeing a smooth process was the result of bitter struggles page 3Mouffe further expresses the extreme paradox of liberal democracy The author first studies democracys troubles through debate aboutmodern liberal democracy Because of the paradox of liberal democracywe have modern democracy It is therefore crucial to realize thatwith modern democracy we are dealing with a new political form ofsociety whose specificity comes from the articulation between twodifferent traditions page 2-3 Mouffe rants is another paradox inthe many variants of the ongoing political issue Mouffe conveys thetroubling paradox of modern democracy as a democratic-deficitpage4 Modern democracy is harder to attain with the more people involvedin it because it is harder to please everyone in the system It is muchharder to have a consensus with a greater number of people which is whyMouffe criticizes consensus-based democracy She explains that thedemocratic deficit is mostly made by the problem with the rule ofpopular sovereignty Popular sovereignty is self-contradicting indemocracy in that it doesnt really Consensus-based democracy whichaims to achieve universal consensus is self-contradicting as welland ill fated because a consensus is a general agreement -
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