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Toward a Deliberative Democracy
Toward a deliberative democracy
SOURCE: Joe Goldman. Used by permission.

Deliberative democrats must work not only to make the familiar institutions of democracy more friendly to deliberation but also to extend the scope of deliberation to institutions where it has not previously dared to go.

—Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson1

Imagine yourself a lonely, wispy soul, quietly floating through empty space, detached from any physical universe but soon to inhabit the body of a single person in one of many parallel earths. To prepare for your imminent embodiment, you have contracted with Corporeality Inc., a celestial matchmaking service. Each morning, a new promotional DVD arrives in your, um, mailbox, from an earth that wants you to choose to enter one of its soulless bodies. ...

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