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  1. Jun 2024
    1. To extend thisa bit using a term not present in Barzun’s review, the lesson was thateven if by superior reading skills “culture” became attainable by all,uniform conclusions by enlightened readers would not necessarilyresult.35 A democratic culture did not mean homogeneity necessarily,nor conformity.

      How does culture tie us all together? Does shared culture necessarily mean a regression to some mean?

      Compare this with the cultural pressure of religious identity in America which does seem to press toward a particular way of thinking, living, and being.

    2. Democratic culture is always at risk because itinvolves arguments, consensus, and compromises.

      It's certainly at risk now in part because of lack of both consensus and compromise. Even the arguments aren't broadly accepted by either side.

    3. democratic culture is always at risk. It requires an engaged citi-zenry full of informed, critical voters


      We hear this regularly, and it seems intuitive, but... where is the proof of this...

      Just how "informed" ought a person to be? How critical? Everyone is "critical", the internet is full of criticism, but not necessarily in the sense meant here.

      He and others are usually talking about some perceived "perfect democracy" which doesn't really exist in actuality.

    4. By acknowledging individuals, a democratic culture respects differ-ence. As a collective lived experience, it distributes cultural capitalto those individuals via educational institutions (broadly conceived,public, and private).
    5. “democratic” portion of democratic culture?

      How is he defining the idea of "democratic" here and throughout the piece?

      I find it interesting that in common parlance there's a subtle (hidden?) meaning of "individual ownership over" which ties in with "the commons".

    6. what do I mean by democratic culture
  2. May 2023