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Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

by Ronald Dworkin

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I was expecting a critical examination of America's political institutions, but that's not what this book is. Instead it's an attempt to engage a broader audience from both (Republican and Democratic) sides in moral debate. The author sets forth "two basic principles of human dignity" and goes on to discuss American torture practices, religion and taxation from this moral vantage point. I'm not really sure what he intended to achieve with this approach. He repeatedly pleads for reasoned replies to his arguments, but I think he has little chance of arousing much interest in abstract moral debate among a broader public. He writes as a moral philosopher about moral philosophy. Whether he likes it or not, that very much delimits his audience to other moral philosophers. I think a more practical approach would have fit the title of this book better. For instance, he could have examined why American political institutions are so dysfunctional. For what it's worth: vetocracy, plutocracy and the dearth of alternative parties are three characteristics of American democracy which lead this European observer to wonder whether democracy is possible over there.
  thcson | Apr 2, 2015 |
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Politics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue, struggle against one another as if politics were contact sports played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, is a deeply depressing political culture, as ill equipped for the perennial challenge of achieving social justice as for the emerging threats of terrorism. Can the hope for change be realized? Dworkin, one the world's leading legal and political philosophers, identifies and defends core principles of personal and political morality that all citizens can share. He shows that recognizing such shared principles can make substantial political argument possible and help replace contempt with mutual respect. Only then can the full promise of democracy be realized in America and elsewhere.

Dworkin lays out two core principles that citizens should share: first, that each human life is intrinsically and equally valuable and, second, that each person has an inalienable personal responsibility for identifying and realizing value in his or her own life. He then shows what fidelity to these principles would mean for human rights, the place of religion in public life, economic justice, and the character and value of democracy. Dworkin argues that liberal conclusions flow most naturally from these principles. Properly understood, they collide with the ambitions of religious conservatives, contemporary American tax and social policy, and much of the War on Terror. But his more basic aim is to convince Americans of all political stripes--as well as citizens of other nations with similar cultures--that they can and must defend their own convictions through their own interpretations of these shared values.

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