John Stuart Mill argued that the active participation of the governed in the process of government is an essential component of a democratic system. “The food of feeling”, he wrote, “is action… Let a person have nothing to do for his country, and he will not care for it.” That, I assume, is what John F. Kennedy meant in saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. Political indifference in the death of democracy.

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  1. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century