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HeadLocke No. 84: Democracy, politics play too large a role in American life

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HeadLocke No. 84: Democracy, politics play too large a role in American life

 
 
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From the moment we start learning about government, most of us learn that democracy is the best form of government — better than monarchy or aristocracy. But we can have too much democracy in our lives. An overemphasis on political participation and deliberation can lead to polarized views. Too much politics can block us from developing “civic friendships” with people that have nothing to do with political views. That’s the argument Vanderbilt University philosophy professor Robert Talisse makes in his book Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Politics in its Place. Talisse discusses key findings from his research.

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