On Democracy x Saddam Hussein

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On Democracy x Saddam Hussein

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In 2003, after returning from a month-long stay in Baghdad, American artist Paul Chain received a gift from a colleague in the human-rights group Voices in the Wilderness: a set of speeches on democracy, written by Saddam Hussein in the 1970s and disseminated by the Iraqi Ministry of Information and Culture. The speeches are politically perverse, yet eerily familiar. On Democracy by Saddam Hussein uses those speeches as a departure point to ask what democracy means from the standpoint of a notorious political figure who was anything but democratic, and to reflect on how promises of freedom and security can mask the reality of repressive regimes.

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