Democracy is the Road

September 20, 2012
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Honors 303 is about democracy. If I said, borrowing from Gandhi, that “there is no road to democracy, democracy is the road,” what does that mean to you? How do you see that relating to the concept of public work that we’ve discussed in class.

4 Responses to Democracy is the Road

  1. Sarah Naegeli on September 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Democracy isn’t an end. You aren’t trying to achieve democracy. Democracy is how you do things. It is the way you work towards a goal.

  2. Bailey Boelter on September 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Regarding the quote about Gandhi, I think democracy is about the process and the journey of having citizens come together and get things done in their community. Democracy isn’t about the final outcome-though the outcome is important-it’s about getting people involved and sharing their voice and affecting change.

  3. Laurelyn on September 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Gandhi’s words speak to the fact that democratic governance is not a *destination,* but rather, an inclusive *process.* Public work is all about bringing people from many different walks of life, with many different perspectives, together to achieve or create something of lasting public value (i.e. something that can be shared in by all community members or visitors).

    Bringing this cross-section of people together for a common purpose rarely happens outright; most often it is the result of many informal conversations and small forum meetings that make people feel understood and included. In essence, this process of *listening* and *including* is where democracy is found. I think this continuous process is what Gandhi meant by “the road.”

  4. Sara Matthews on October 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I think Gandhi is correct in his explanation of democracy. A road isn’t someone’s destination, it is the path to a destination. People use the democratic process to accomplish a goal.
    Also, if democracy is a road, then it has no use unless people travel it. People need to actively travel that road/take part in their government for democracy to work how it is intended to work.

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