August 4, 2017      4:00 PM
Smith: Whatever Happened to Deliberative Democracy?
QR’s Liberal Columnist Glenn W. Smith argues that democracy withers while our ideologies dominate our identities.
in the 1990s, it seemed like a noble cause. “Deliberative Democracy” it was
called, and it just might save us, argued its champions, folks like Robert Luskin at the University
of Texas and Stanford’s James Fishkin.
time, of course, Americans have shown little inclination to actually
deliberate. Berate or eviscerate, maybe. But deliberate?
That’s like something the Trump White House’s Stephen Miller would attack as
“cosmopolitan,” a word often used by 20th Century tyrants to scapegoat targeted
The full column by Glenn W. Smith is in the R&D Department.
By Glenn W. Smith