THIS BOOK is not a traditional scholarly work. It is a democratic manifesto designed to help transform America into a truly participatory democracy—the model “city on a hill” dedicated to realizing John Dewey's inspiring utopian vision of a worldwide, organic “Great Community” composed of truly participatory, democratic, collaborative, and interdependent societies.To realize our own utopian goal, we pay homage to Dewey, though we do so critically and constructively. Stated in highly general terms, we try to do three main things:
Nothing is more conducive to innovation in social theory
than collaboration on a complex practical problem.
PAUL LAZARSFELD AND JEFFREY G. REITZ, AN
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED SOCIOLOGY (1975)
|1.||We trace the complex process whereby Dewey developed his utopian (i.e., inspiring) vision of a global “Great Community” composed of participatory democratic societies living together peacefully and harmoniously.|
|2.||We critically analyze Dewey's failure to specify and demonstrate empirically the practical means needed to realize his utopian vision.|
|3.||We propose a possible solution in order to stimulate the development of a massive worldwide academic movement dedicated to solving the terribly hard, critically important problem Dewey failed to solve.|