Democracy and cooperation

Cooperation is at the very core of democracy. We have seen how a US partisan divide has been slowly killing democracy in the US over the last 50 years or so and with it our nation’s capacity for cooperation.   As Adam Tooze indicated in his article in the NY Times, on international cooperative efforts with COVID-19 (Opinion | What if the Coronavirus Crisis Is Just a Trial Run? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)) the world is a miserable failure when it comes to cooperation.  If we want democracy to thrive, we must begin teaching it in the family, schools and in engaged communities if it is ever to happen in the state, nation and, possibly, the world. Cooperation and therefore democracy starts within each person. Therefore, our focus must be on personal experiences with and appreciation of democracy before it can be expected nationally or world wide.