Democracy, Demagoguery, and Critical Rhetoric

  title={Democracy, Demagoguery, and Critical Rhetoric},
  author={Patricia Roberts-Miller},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  pages={459 - 476}
For democracy to work, people have to talk. For it to work well, we need to talk well. Or, in other words, a basic principle of democracy is that the ability of the general public to make appropriate decisions depends to a large degree on the quality of public discourse. The more that the public has the ability to argue together about issues of common concern, the more that the polis approaches the goal that political theorists have called “deliberative democracy.” James Bohman has defined this… 
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