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National Deliberative Democracy

National Deliberative Democracy Adrian Tirtanadi "Democracy is a distinct and limited ideal. It should not be confused with other social aspirations. But by ensuring reason-giving, by increasing exposure to diverse views, and by prohibiting second-class citizenship, a democratic constitution goes a long way towards promoting a wide range of social goals, emphatically including Justice itself." --Cass Sunstein, Designing Democracy (2001) "without the initiative that comes from immediate responsibility, ignorance will persist in the face of masses of information however complete and accurate."5 Downs and Schumpeter implicitly state that in order to change this level of apathy and ignorance, in order to create a more knowledgeable citizenry, one must change the underlying power structures that produce this ignorance. By making each person essentially individually powerless, we also encourage them to rational ignorance. In order to make them "rationally knowledgeable" we need to give the individual person the power to influence policy. Paralleling the decline in knowledge, community and community organizations have been on the decline since around 1950 in the United States. Between 1973 and 1994 the number of men and women who took any leadership role in any local organization was cut by more than 50 percent. In 1975, 64 percent http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

National Deliberative Democracy

The Good Society , Volume 15 (2) – May 21, 2006

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Adrian Tirtanadi "Democracy is a distinct and limited ideal. It should not be confused with other social aspirations. But by ensuring reason-giving, by increasing exposure to diverse views, and by prohibiting second-class citizenship, a democratic constitution goes a long way towards promoting a wide range of social goals, emphatically including Justice itself." --Cass Sunstein, Designing Democracy (2001) "without the initiative that comes from immediate responsibility, ignorance will persist in the face of masses of information however complete and accurate."5 Downs and Schumpeter implicitly state that in order to change this level of apathy and ignorance, in order to create a more knowledgeable citizenry, one must change the underlying power structures that produce this ignorance. By making each person essentially individually powerless, we also encourage them to rational ignorance. In order to make them "rationally knowledgeable" we need to give the individual person the power to influence policy. Paralleling the decline in knowledge, community and community organizations have been on the decline since around 1950 in the United States. Between 1973 and 1994 the number of men and women who took any leadership role in any local organization was cut by more than 50 percent. In 1975, 64 percent

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: May 21, 2006

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