Social Intelligence and Equality
in John Dewey

The chapter outlines how John Dewey's idea of creative democracy was based upon a form of deliberation he called social intelligence. The obvious question that arises from the discussion of Dewey's idea about the relationship between economic equality and democracy in the Great Society surrounds its global connotations. The chapter also outlines how Dewey believed liberal capitalism was unable to support social intelligence and needed replacing with a form of democratic socialism. The chapter describes how Dewey's call for democratic socialism was animated by his view about the relationship between economic inequality and political equality within the Great Society. The chapter highlights how Dewey's views on economic and political equality translate into an argument for an extension of global egalitarianism that would allow all nations of the world to pursue the democratic way of life.

John Dewey

The Global Public and Its Problems

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