Michael Blake’s interesting and obviously heartfelt Article expresses the apprehension that many, if not most, of us feel that democratic life and institutions are under stress, even in danger of failing; and Blake wants to be fair, or at least to gesture at fairness, in accounting for the problems and in his prescriptions for what to do about it. Yet, his suggestions are deeply at odds, I believe, with any viable democratic future, and—a little sadly —they illustrate how wide the gap is now, or the gulf, between the political cultures or tribes within our very divided society. One thing that Blake and I might agree about is that we would hope the social and political divide could be bridged or narrowed, and yet we both, perhaps increasingly, wonder how it possibly can be.
Reply—and Gentle Dissent—to Michael Blake’s “Democracy and Deference”,
San Diego L. Rev.
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