Crusade for Participatory Democracy
It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself
is not rightly placed.
FRANCIS BACON, NOVUM ORGANON (1620)
The true starting point of history is always some present
situation with its problems.
JOHN DEWEY, DEMOCRACY AND EDUCATION (1916)
Democracy must begin at home, and its home is the
JOHN DEWEY, THE PUBLIC AND ITS PROBLEMS (1927)
IN THE RAPIDLY ACCELERATING GLOBAL ERA in which we now live, human beings must solve a vast array of unprecedently complex problems. Perhaps the most complex and most frightening problem is, what is to be done to prevent the possibility of a world perpetually terrorized by suicidal fanatics capable of acquiring and using scientifically and technologically advanced weapons of mass destruction to produce horrors instantly experienced by a worldwide audience? Given the proclaimed dedication of universities to critical intelligence, and their unique constellation of formidable resources to develop it, academics, we submit, have a unique responsibility to help solve that problem—indeed all the problems intensified by globalization.
To cope with the perilous situation we now confront in our radically different world, our more or less continued adherence to