Junior Ganymede
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Winter is Coming

June 19th, 2014 by Patrick Henry

Democracy requires citizenship. The concept of citizenship, and the concepts of virtue and liberal education that underpin it, rest upon a vast and unfathomably complex cultural structure. Liberal education, for example, cannot take root in a culture which is intolerant of dissent or suspicious of originality. Virtue will never be widespread in a culture that encourages license. There are tensions in the cultural structure, too—the same suspicion of originality that hinders liberal education might backstop virtue by resisting moral “innovation.”

The delicate balances needed here are why democracies are so rare in human history.

from the National Interest

One of the most deeply subversive lines of thought I had the folly of following when young was considering what kind of conditions were needed to sustain a democracy, and then considering what kind of conditions a democracy tended to be produce. I’ve been gloomy in politics since.

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Michael Towns
June 19, 2014

I completely agree.

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