Democracy Reborn

The 2008 campaign has boosted civic participation among young Americans. Here's what we're doing to help that cause

Politicians always talk about how young people will inherit the future. And, of course, that is literally true. But I've always suspected that politicians talk about young people not because they are trying to reach young voters but because that's what older voters like to hear. Traditionally, the older you are, the more likely you are to vote; the younger you are, the less likely. For generations, older voters have been making decisions for young people, who stayed away from the ballot box.

The great educator John Dewey once wrote that "democracy needs to be reborn in every generation." The problem...

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