Dewey was a hopeful and optimistic thinker; he becomes positively stirring in his strong hope for the future of democracy. But he obviously and firmly believes that a radical strengthening of the democratic nature of our societies is the only possibility we have of becoming truly free, not free in the old libertarian sense of free from power, but rather free through and for joint, interrelated activity. He even goes so far as to deny the existence of the individual as a separate being apart from society and in opposition to it. He says that's like opposing Oxygen to its Water in a molecule of H2O.
In the end Dewey argues that only through greatly advanced means of communication can the inchoate public discover itself and its interests. The public must have access to high quality information from many viewpoints. A full and developed culture of information will be a necessary component of true community.
communijournalistocrats, we have a moral mission! -- LynHeadley
He even goes so far as to deny the existence of the individual as a separate being apart from society and in opposition to it.
Interestingly, the concept of the "self" is only three hundred years old or so. Before then, while people used the word "I" they didn't feel as if they were separately entitled apart from either the rest of humanity or God. Personally, I have no idea how this could be true, but that's perhaps an indication about how pervasive and complete the growth of the cult of Self has been. I find it a bit ironic that some have come and folded this concept over on itself to invent EnlightenedIndividualism and our very own BarnRaising. -- SunirShah