Repairing the Fabric of Democracy

Repairing the Fabric of Democracy

In the 21st century, the democratic principles of equality, freedom, and civic engagement could be more actively integrated into society. If Americans work together to strengthen these basic principles and attitudes and beliefs that support them, a healthier democracy and national community can be created.
Parker Palmer’s article, “Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy,” explores attitudes and efforts he thinks are needed within individuals and communities to strengthen American democracy. Palmer suggests that together we must value our differences, draw inspiration and greater understanding from contradictions, honor the voice and will of the individual, and celebrate the power of community building in order to restore our democratic society.