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The Obstacles to Creative Democracy at Home and Abroad
in John Dewey

In much the same vein as contemporary advocates of global democracy, John Dewey firmly believed that the nature of globalization meant that global forms of democracy were necessary to manage the Great Society. However, Dewey ultimately problematized his own thought when examining the feasibility of global democracy. The halting of the social and humane ideals Dewey associated with creative democracy was inherently down to bourgeois democracy being founded on the idea that laissez-faire capitalism was the true expression of human liberty. Without informed and educated publics who could comprehend the complexity and trans-national nature of the Great Society, communicate transitionally and challenge the hegemony of bourgeois democracy, there was simply no chance of real democratic innovation at home or abroad. The effects of the eclipse of the public meant that creative democracy at the level of the nation state had essentially been eclipsed.

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John Dewey

The Global Public and Its Problems


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