Chapter

Democracy as Public Talk

in Real Democracy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226077963
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226077987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226077987.003.0006
Democracy as Public Talk

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Norman Rockwell could be described as America's most popular illustrator of the twentieth century. His renderings of Franklin Roosevelt's “Four Freedoms” (freedom of speech and worship and freedom from fear and want) touched chords deep in the heartland of a democracy caught in the passions of war. The town meeting is more than a provider of free speech, of course. It offers a fifth freedom—freedom to govern. However, it is in the speaking, the direct face-to-face link between talk and power, that real democracy transcends nearly every other definition of democracy issued since the Greeks. This chapter analyzes the quantity, the distribution, and the equality of that speech.

Keywords: public talk; freedom of speech; freedom to govern; real democracy; Franklin Roosevelt; face-to-face interaction

Chapter.  9909 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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