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A society which makes provision for participation in its good of all its members on equal terms and which secures flexible readjustment of its institutions through interaction of the different forms of associated life is in so far democratic. Such a society must have a type of education which gives individuals a personal interest in social relationships and control, and the habits of mind which secure social changes without introducing disorder.
I’m a conservative, so I know I’m not supposed to like Dewey… but I do. One reason I like him is that I appreciate a well-articulated worldview. He’s also a beautiful writer, and he entertains me by spelling “clue” c-l-e-w. But another reason I like Dewey is that I think he’s often on to something. Would that the contemporary American left would take seriously his advice about securing social change without introducing disorder!Published in