Democracy is something most of us take for granted. It may be flawed but it is the best thing going. However, signs that all is not well with our venerable system are increasingly evident. Fewer and fewer people bother to vote. Negative opinion of and hostility toward public institutions are constantly rising. Citizens feel disconnected and alienated from political processes. Innovative thinker and author Francis Moore Lappe contends that merely introducing a few reforms won’t do. The problems are not simply mechanical ones. She proposes a new vision, a new conception of democracy that is both active and responsive to people’s needs. She calls it “living democracy.”
Francis Moore Lappe is the author of the classic Diet for a Small Planet, which has sold millions of copies. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the Alternative Nobel Prize. She is a founder of the Small Planet Institute.