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Quote of the Week: Jürgen Habermas

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"Does participation in democratic procedures have only the functional meaning of silencing a defeated minority, or does it have the deliberative meaning of including the arguments of citizens in the democratic process of opinion- and will-formation? ... Democracy depends on the belief of the people that there is some scope left for collectively shaping a challenging future."

                    -- Jürgen Habermas
                        Leadership and Leitkultur
                        The New York Times, October 29, 2010

 

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Submitted by Anonymous on
A great quote from one of the best sociologists, if not the best, of the last 100 years.

Submitted by s masty on
sometimes it means one, sometimes the other.

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