On Civic Loneliness

given by Wendy Willis, Frontiers of Democracy 2017 When we imagine loneliness—or at least I when I imagine it—I think of an elderly woman, a widow, maybe, living alone in her one-bedroom apartment, nibbling on her baked potato and waiting for Sunday afternoon when her son will call. I imagine her washing her dish, reading […]

A Virtuous Loop

Martin Carcasson, Colorado State University There certainly seems to have been a resurgence in the traditional “citizens can’t handle democracy” argument lately, the most recent coming from Lee Drutman’s Vox article. It can be frustrating how commentators like Drutman often assume that those of us working on improving our democracy by focusing on improving public […]

Fixing What Ails Democracy

By Will Friedman, Public Agenda       What does it mean, this chaotic, disturbing, unpredictable electoral season? We’ll know more after the dust has settled, but we can’t afford to wait to make our best guess. We need a working theory to orient ourselves as we seek to minimize damage and prescribe a path […]

We Invite You to Respond!

In recent days, a vigorous argument has broken out about the role of the public in strengthening the democratic fabric of the United States. Last summer, Jonathan Rauch provocatively argued in the pages of The Atlantic that we need to strengthen the role of political intermediaries and institutions (read: parties and other political professionals) rather […]

Actually, More Participation Can Save American Democracy

By Jessie Conover, Healthy Democracy Lee Drutman of the New America Foundation, writing on Vox.com’s Polyarchy blog, makes a bold statement: more public participation isn’t the answer to our political woes because the reasonable, civically-minded voter is a myth. This is the latest in a trend of articles analyzing American politics and the role of […]

June DDC Bulletin

HELLO FRIENDS OF DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY — Welcome back to the DDC Bulletin! Below you’ll find announcements, news of note, interesting reading, and deliberative democracy ephemera. BACK IN THE 21ST CENTURY DDC’s new website is up and running!  If you have articles, links, blog posts, book reviews, or news for the good of the order, send […]

To Speak the Truth: Reflections on the first Democracy Salon

“It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” ~Henry David Thoreau It was the kind of dinner party I dream of. There were candles. And flowers. There was wine. And falafel and tabbouleh and kabobs from the legendary Nicholas Restaurant.  And most importantly: nine super-smart people—each of them […]

Welcome Back!

After a little housekeeping hiatus, DDC is back in the 21st Century with all of you. Over the next few weeks, we will have blog posts and features, and the beloved Bulletin will make a return, as well.