In recent years there has been a lot of speculation about democracy and our system of government. Much of it centers on whether our system can survive and whether or not we’re ripe for being taken over by some kind of strong-arm dictator type. Given what we’ve seen the last few years and how some people have acted, there is reason for worry and concern.
I have this view because democracy’s underlying working assumption is that “we, the people” will do our part. I don’t just mean showing up and voting, although that is a good place to start, but doing the mental and intellectual work required to allow democracy to function. The simple question to be answered is: How much time and effort are we willing to give to democracy?