Questioning Democracy

Democracy is one of those rubbery words. We kind of know what it means. But do we really? It’s voting and elections, but it’s much, much more than that. Democracy has inspired The Velvet Revolution and the Arab Spring. It encouraged the Suffragists and the Civil Rights Movement. It stirred the hearts of men such as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. But it seems in many ways we still don’t know what democracy means. This hour, we’re going to explore the meaning of democracy by questioning it.
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