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Democratic Deliberation Talking to Strangers , Danielle S. Allen Sharing In the prologue of his novel Talking to Strangers , Danielle S. Allen discusses the prevalence of distrust among American citizens with each other and how it is problematic in a democratic Government. Allen argues that it is not racism that is the core of political problems, but interracial distrust, and this distrust can make it difficult to solve collective problems as a citizenry. It can be inferred that interracial distrust can also lead to distrust in the Government and other institutions of authority; after the civil rights movement of the 1960’s the percentage of people who thought that “most people could be trusted” went down from 53 percent in 1964 to 35 percent in 2002 and in which African Americans were less trusting than other citizens. Allen argues that more importantly than
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Unformatted text preview: trusting the Government, citizens should trust one another because if they do not, “it paralyzes democracy; it means that citizens no longer think it sensible, or feel secure enough, to place their fates in the hands of democratic strangers”(XVI). To solve this problem of distrust, citizens must come together and put aside their differences in order to generate a mutual benefit for all. That is, we must be able to deliberate upon mutual agreements that benefit both the majorities and the minorities; if not then the minorities would find it not in their interest to remain members of the larger group. All in all, effective democracy depends on coming together and sharing with those who live around us....
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