The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Quebec’s student movement and British Columbia’s referendum on sales taxes, among other events, have led to an explosion of ideas and arguments about democracy. Inroads 32 brings some of these ideas and arguments together. Henry Milner expresses concern that “social media politics,” as exemplified by the Quebec student movement, may be incompatible with representative democracy, while Judy Rebick argues that the innovations created by the Quebec students and Occupy Wall Street are deepening and broadening democracy. Irene Martín Cortés takes us inside a protest movement that has become a model for others throughout the Western world, Spain’s 15M. And John Richards warns of the dangers of determining tax policy by referendum.