23 May '11, 5pm

Without active citizenry, democracy can turn against you and me.

Without active citizenry, democracy can turn against you and me.

Dr. Alfred Snider is a professor at the University of Vermont. He has published six books in the last ten years and has done communication and debate training in over 35 countries around the world, recently in places like Finland and Iraq. Egyptians emerged triumphant when Hosni Mubarak stepped down as President. There seems to be a broad consensus that democracy, in its many forms, is the form of government that progressive states should have. Whether it is parliamentary, federal, regional or other types, many agree that it is best to let the people decide through free and open elections and that this will lead, hopefully, to good governance. I largely agree with this, but to me a crucial and often overlooked variable is the role that individual citizens take in their participation in various forms of democracy. The theory is that if the people are the final arbiters of t...

Full article: http://newasiarepublic.com/?p=27879

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