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"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."

Another long title; this one's relevant.

How have your political views changed in the last few years? Or have they stayed exactly the same?

I've become more enamored than ever with the idea of radical democracy: pluralistic agonism, to be precise — that is, a space where real antagonism can be acknowledged and worked through/with/towards. This is miles away from the current democratic situation today in the States and the UK, where there's a sense of what is truly "political" being dull, dangerous or ideologically archaic. "If it's political, I don't want to talk about it," as I heard someone say in the Humanities department where I did my BA.

What are your thoughts on this? Has it all become a watered down popularity contest? Is that a good thing? Should democracy be about compromising on every point so that the maximum number of people can say they're happy, or should it rather be an attempt to build a new social space where people are actually COMMITTED to their politics?