They Can't Represent Us!

They Can't Represent Us!:Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

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Here is one of the first books to assert that mass protest movements in disparate places such as Greece, Argentina, and the United States share an agenda—to raise the question of what democracy should mean. These horizontalist movements, including Occupy, exercise and claim participatory democracy as the ground of revolutionary social change today.

Written by two international activist intellectuals and based on extensive interviews with movement participants in Spain, Venezuela, Japan, across the United States, and elsewhere, this book is both one of the most expansive portraits of the assemblies, direct democracy forums, and organizational forms championed by the new movements, and an analytical history of direct and participatory democracy from ancient Athens to Athens today. The new movements put forward the idea that liberal democracy is not democratic, nor was it ever.


  • This book is riveting, moving, and profoundly important for those who want to know what revolution in our time might look like.

    Rebecca Solnit, on Marina Sitrin’s Horizontalism
  • The most substantial and comprehensive work on workers’ control and self-management today.

    Gary Younge, on Dario Azzellini’s Ours to Master and to Own