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A second referedum

Classical musing

Athenian democracy is often sentimentalised as the great ancestor of modern western democracies. But as usual when thinking about the ancient world, it’s really the points of difference with our own times that are interesting. Radical Athenian democracy involved the entire eligible populace voting on intricate details of foreign policy, which is certainly not part of our system—or, at least, it never was until that “what have we done?” moment in June 2016. “Eligible” is also an important word here. Free, adult, citizen men took part in politics. Slaves, foreigners and women did not. Another big twist is that many key posts were given out by lot. (Although, most of the really big roles, such as the generalships, tended to be appointments, and, surprise, surprise, frequently held by members of a handful of elite aristocratic families.)

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In Prospect's November issue: Paul Collier explains how major cities in the UK will always be in the shadow of London unless capitalism is overhauled and suggests ways that we might be able to improve the situation in those communities that capitalism has left behind. Meanwhile, Steve Bloomfield asks what is going at the Foreign Office. The once great institution that was a symbol of Britain’s global power now seems to be lost and unable to explains its role. Also, Samira Shackle explores a Pakistani protest movement that is unnerving the country’s military. Elsewhere in the issue: Dahlia Lithwick suggests that the Supreme Court will struggle to retain its authority now that Brett Kavanaugh is on the bench. Philip Ball argues that DNA doesn’t define destiny as he reviews a new book by Robert Plomin. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Simon Heffer debate political correctness.