Baldwin + Dewey Draft

Societies never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real

– James Baldwin, The Creative Process

For what is the faith of democracy in the role of consultation, of conference, of persuasion, of discussion, in formation of public opinion, which in the long run is self-corrective, except faith in the capacity of the intelligence of the common man to respond with common sense to the free play of facts and ideas which are secured by effective guarantees of free inquiry, free assembly and free communication?

– John Dewey, Creative Democracy – The Task Before Us

Freedom is access to truths.  Freedom is having a desire for truths. Freedom is being honest with ourselves. Freedom is equality. Freedom is expressing emotion. Freedom is accepting these expressions. Freedom is empathy. Freedom is seeing through someone else’s eyes. Freedom is making an informed decision. Freedom is following your gut. Freedom is unity, and freedom is dissent. Freedom is something we can give to each other. It may be the only thing we can give each other.

“Democracy is a way of personal life controlled not merely by faith in human nature in general but by faith in the capacity of human beings for intelligent judgment and action if proper conditions are furnished”

– John Dewey, Creative Democracy – The Task Before Us

Democracy is dependent on freedom. More so than freedom being just inherently right, but because freedom allows equality and vice versa. Viewing another as equal with yourself gives them the freedom that you have. This is so valuable for a democracy because it allows for fair representation and consideration of viewpoints when forming legislation but a democracy is more than a political apparatus. For democracy to work all those who participate must have faith in others and know they are equal


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