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Loka Ashwood

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215359

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215359.001.0001

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The Moral Economy’s Freedom

The Moral Economy’s Freedom

(p.223) Eight The Moral Economy’s Freedom
For-Profit Democracy

Loka Ashwood

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that in the presence of abundant minorities—of rurality, of poverty, of race, and of region—the corporate form has made a majoritarian feast of the people of Burke County. Letting the moral economy of democracy reign requires escaping the clutches of the state, which has failed the democratic ethos. Some turn to the forest to practice direct justice, others turn to God to transcend oppression. In either case, the state is something to be overcome, rather than a venue for reform. Hope for all can abound by allowing the moral economy of democracy to reign. Then, the best of intentions—a freedom to do—could inform the structure of society, and people would not need to constantly reposition themselves for defense against the latest attack.

Keywords:   moral economy, democracy, Burke County, poverty, race, rurality

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