8THE POLITICS OF DIGNITY
DEMOCRACY IS THE WORST FORM OF GOVERNMENT, EXCEPT FOR ALL THE OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN TRIED.
ALL THE ILLS OF DEMOCRACY CAN BE CURED BY MORE DEMOCRACY.
—ALFRED E. SMITH, FORMER GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK
THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS SOMETHING MORE THAN ETERNAL VIGILANCE.… WE CAN SAVE THE RIGHTS WE HAVE INHERITED FROM OUR FATHERS ONLY BY WINNING NEW ONES TO BEQUEATH OUR CHILDREN.
—HENRY DEMAREST LLOYD, AMERICAN JOURNALIST AND REFORMER
THE PREVIOUS CHAPTERS have discussed rankism in our social institutions and what can be done to curtail it. Here we address rankism in our civic institutions. What would politics look like if it were conducted in a dignitarian manner? What is the relationship between citizens ...