Creative Democracy
in John Dewey

John Dewey argued that the Great Society's improvements in industrial production, travel and transportation, media and communications created 'interaction and interdependence' on an unprecedented complex and wide scale. When Dewey published The Public and Its Problems in 1927, democracy had become somewhat of an unfashionable aspiration, with populations in Europe beginning to turn to the extreme Left and Right for their political settlements. The central premise of Dewey's conception of the state is its foregoing of any attempt to find the true nature or essence of the state in order to embrace an anti-essentialist view of the state. The historical evidence that culture could facilitate incorrect perceptions of associative behaviour or even invoke illiberal publics served to underline for Dewey that publics have rarely been of equal standing in a society.

John Dewey

The Global Public and Its Problems

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