Posts by Jim Smith

Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom, Fifth Installment

Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Fifth Installment “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela This week we will continue to evaluate the quality of democracy in the United States by looking at the protection of human rights of all citizens. Protection of the…

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Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom, Installment 4

  Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Fourth Installment “The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people.…

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Democracy and the future of the Quest for Freedom, Installment 3

Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Third Installment If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is…

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Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Second Installment

  Democracy: The Institutionalization of Freedom Trust is contingent on the evidence which one party provides the others of his true, concrete intentions; it cannot exist if that party’s words do not coincide with their actions. To say one thing and do another – to take one’s own words lightly – cannot inspire trust. To…

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DEMOCRACY: The Institutionalization of Liberty

Trust is contingent on the evidence which one party provides the others of his true, concrete intentions; it cannot exist if that party’s words do not coincide with their actions. To say one thing and do another – to take one’s own words lightly – cannot inspire trust. To glorify democracy and to silence the…

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Still Doing Democracy!

Still Doing Democracy! Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good JoAnn McAllister and Jim Smith The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions: Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our…

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