Video: Brian Roper on ‘The History of Democracy’

Brian Roper, author of The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation (Pluto, 2012) gave a presentation entitled ‘Democracy Against Capitalism’, exploring the themes of his book in Toronto on 24th June.

The 40-minute talk was filmed and uploaded by, and we’ve embedded it here on the Pluto blog as well. It was moderated by David McNally, who also wrote an endorsement for the book. It’s a fascinating presentation that’s worth watching to the end, as Brian segues into an exploration of the themes he intends to cover in his next book. Also his T-shirt is well worth a look…

Brian also maintains a blog at

The History of Democracy

A Marxist Interpretation

Brian S. Roper

Refreshes our understanding of democracy, from ancient Athens to today, using a Marxist theoretical framework.

“In this stunning and panoramic survey, Brian Roper sheds enormous light on the theory and practice of democracy across the ages. Focussing on issues of freedom, oppression and class domination, Roper makes a compelling case for the enduring importance of socialist models of participatory democracy. This is an important and timely book, which will be of great interest to scholars and activists alike.” – David McNally, Professor of Political Science, York University, author of Another World is Possible and Global Slump

“Democracy is the product of intense class struggles rather than the incremental decisions of enlightened lawmakers. Brian Roper’s insightful and coherent survey convincingly makes this argument through a series of accessible studies that range from ancient Athens through the English Civil War to the workers’ revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries.” – Rick Kuhn, Deutscher Prize winner, Reader in Politics at the Australian National University

£18.99 only £17.00 on the Pluto site

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