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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.

Back 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.

Over 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 others.

The full column by Glenn W. Smith is in the R&D Department.

By Glenn W. Smith

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