20 December 2005

Bait and switch watch

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These budget cuts continue a quarter century of governance guided largely by the idea that, in Ronald Reagan’s words, “Government is not the solution … government is the problem.” But an assessment of these decades reveals that as government’s role in citizens’ lives diminishes, so, too, does active civic engagement. […]

But since the mid-1970s, younger generations of Americans have disengaged from politics. Participation in voting, for instance, has plummeted among the young and less advantaged.

The key thing to note here is how “active civic engagement” gets turned in to “political engagement”. There are those of us who view political engagement as the opposite of civic engagement, not its synonymn.

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