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DIALOGUE AND DEMOCRACY March 7, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Duckspeak.
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In theory, dialogue is the most fundamental practice in a democracy. It is the practice that keeps alive and  keeps healthy the democratic spirit.

As Cornel West says, it may be the institution of the Demos. But is it effective in terms of decisions and policy? The doctrine of unfettered markets and monopoly corporatism has, he suggests,marginalized and demonized the working class and the poor. After forty years, nobody takes responsibility for social consequences of what was espoused.

Changing the government does not change the power structures. The system in the US is more broken than could be expected. The rule of law takes on a ominous implication. Now it is argued in effect, the President is a constitutional dictator. Opponents, whether they are ACLU or individuals such as David Swanson, can it seems be ignored. The Demos, Dr West observes is heterogeneous and diverse. There are ignorant and xenophobic elements as well as moral courage and multiculturalism.

So in Cornel West’s own words:

Glenn Greenwarld observes that “Attorney General Holder defends execution without charges”.

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