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Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Song of a Citizen"

From Song of a Citizen:
“Song Of A Citizen” is a unique collaboration of thinkers and artists exploring what it really means to be an engaged and effective citizen in modern times — how we-the-people are measuring up — how we can do better — and why we must.
Non-profit and ruggedly non-partisan, our debut effort is an innovative series of Video Op-Eds for the internet featuring an array of nationally renowned political philosophers and self-governance experts — presented in an artfully playful and engaging visual style — collectively making the case that all Americans need to take our jobs as citizens more seriously — much more seriously — as the only way to truly fix broken government, and our dangerously dysfunctional democracy.
In so doing, we hope to spark an ongoing conversation about how Americans of all political persuasions can inspire each other to radically upgrade the operating system of democracy.

The video below suggests some questions that we address in our text.  Is it possible to overcome special interests when everybody has special interests?  Is consensus always possible or desirable?

Michael X. Delli Carpini discusses the responsibility of citizens to learn about government and take part in deliberation: