The Politics of Truth: Toward Reconstruction in Democracy

The Politics of Truth: Toward Reconstruction in Democracy

The Politics of Truth: Toward Reconstruction in Democracy

The Politics of Truth: Toward Reconstruction in Democracy

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If you will tell me why the fen appears impassable, I then will tell you why I think that I can get across it if I try.

MARIANNE MOORE

THIS IS A PACKAGE OF THOUGHTS FOR A TIME OF BEGINNING that should have started long, long ago. It is therefore hypothetical and open-ended, ripe with questions, much in need of help, and calling for the courage to break out yet newer leads. Its hope is that others, carrying less well lashed and adhesive loads of cultural baggage, will be stimulated to take the intellectual leaps that I could not.

Since the new monsters of science can no longer be crammed into the old pickle jars of "power politics" or the comfortable cracker barrels of the democratic process, and since the voice of God no longer effectively thunders out of the polling booth, the search is on for new social inventions that can make government democratic and convert it into an instrument of knowledge and intelligence.

There are those who are satisfied to castigate "technocracy" and cop out, claiming (ab)solution in a new spirit for the age, a change in the temper of the times -- but apparently not intruding far enough through personal contact to discover that the "technocrat" is mulling over the same problems and sharing the same concern. Spiritual revival, yes, but throw in a leading measure of scientific attitude, and enlist all the inside help in sight! As Utopia and Uphoria vie for honors in pointing paths out of present discontent, we champion the first, preferring determination to resignation; preferring to seek the objectivity of maximum clarity and not to wander off into the dark, trailing lizards; choosing justice over peace when the chips are down. Only insist that the ideal world be usable as a guide, make no pretense to finality, and have room for both right and wrong!

So many people's ideas have gone into this book that I almost think . . .

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