4 min read.Updated: 02 Mar 2022, 01:32 AM ISTVivek Kaul
Presumptions about Putin’s intent were proven wrong and so could predictions of the war’s impact
In his 2021 book titled Democracy Rules, Jans-Werner Müller, a professor of politics at Princeton University, writes about the important role played by individuals termed ‘demagogos’ in the ancient Athenian democracy. As Müller writes, the demagogo’s role was to act “as a kind of leader, or instigator, bringing up issues and appealing to people in light of particular ideas and interests." Hence, “in the absence [of] media… their function was very similar, and in fact indispensable for Athenian democracy to work for all."