This community is for discussion of things found in "The Democracy Reader: classic and modern speeches, essays, poems, declarations and documents on freedom and human rights worldwide," edited by Diane Ravitch and Abigail Thernstrom, copyright 1992
What I hope will happen here is that people will comment on items in these readings, or other readings on the same topic, in relation to current issues.
What makes this different from any other wide-open community for political discussion? It's that all the topics need to make explicit reference to the recorded wisdom of the past (or in some cases, foolishness of the past).
The creator and maintainer of this community is johngorentz.