Diogenes and the Citizen-Hacker of Global Democracy

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Title Diogenes and the Citizen-Hacker of Global Democracy
Author Stockwell, Stephen Edward
Publication Title Sites of Cosmopolitanism : Citizenship, Aesthetics, Culture
Editor David Ellison & Ian Woodward
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Centre for Public Culture and Ideas
Abstract The classical Greek philosopher, Diogenes was the first person on the historical record to describe themselves as cosmopolitan and his work has relevance for today. As the global economy adapts new communication technologies to spread its influence, it is shifting power away from the representative institutions of nation states. The question arises as to the nature of any possible global democracy that could moderate this emerging economic power and the consequent ethos of its citizenry. It has been noted elsewhere that the hacker, arguing for new human rights in an environment of all-encompassing global technology, is the prototype for the citizen of global democracy. This paper argues that a return to Diogenes and his critique of Greek citizenry provides some useful insights for the putative citizen hacker of global democracy. Diogenes' cynic philosophy is much more than the sarcastic disbelief in human goodness that cynicism has come to mean today. Diogenes' opposition to convention and servitude and his support for self-sufficiency and free speech suggest some key characteristics for the citizen-hacker and point to possible paths towards cosmopolitan democracy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-languages-criminology/centre-public-culture-ideas
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2005 Griffith University. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distributions permitted.
ISBN 1920952497
Conference name Sites of Cosmopolitanism : Citizenship, Aesthetics, Culture
Location Brisbane
Date From 2005-07-06
Date To 2005-07-08
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2435
Date Accessioned 2006-03-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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