A Two-Legged Stool by David L. Tubbs

A Two-Legged Stool

Is Democracy Possible Here? Principles for a New Political Debate
by Ronald Dworkin
Princeton University Press, 2006
(192 pages, $19.95, hardcover)

reviewed by David L. Tubbs

How significant are the “culture wars” for American politics? In Is Democracy Possible Here?, the distinguished legal scholar Ronald Dworkin contests the idea that a “comprehensive and unbridgeable cultural gap” now defines our political life.

He acknowledges cultural differences, but suggests that unsavory public figures exaggerate them for political gain. The results, he says, are deeply worrying: fierce partisanship, much acrimony, insubstantial public discourse.

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