Walter Mignolo
Duke University, Durham, USA


History tells that Mahatma Gandhi was asked what he thought of civilization. Gandhi answered and said “civilization was a good idea”. The same can be said of “democracy”. This article proposes a decolonial lecture of the concept of “democracy” and suggests the incompatibility between democracy and capitalist economy. It concludes with outlining three economic avenues (trying to disconnect economy from capitalism) and suggests the necessity of a non-capitalist economy (or economies), without which socio-economic, egalitarian and fair organizations (with or without vote) would not be possible.

Keywords: democracy, decolonial, growth economy, welfare economy