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the people, or accepts the foregone to do it for him; nor must he attempt
-that a democracy is a to usurp anyone else's share.
country, imatters little. Either con-
D ception is equally tenable; one means But who is capable and who is not
.j merrn o Cra c y . as little as the other. capale -of participating in govern-
The prerequisite for a democracy is ment? I we say that some indvidu-
WILLIAM P. KNODE - that every citizen be- capale -of par- als are capable, and others incapable
of performing such duties, we imnle-
D E M O C R A C Y isa mitted to retain her position, if she ticipating in the government; and theditely preclude any further discu-
useful word. In lee Ieven obliquely suggested to her pu- requisite is that every citizen actually sion of democracy. We have the ph-
tures, and in formal piis that our government is not a perform his own share in that govern- nomenon of the boomerang. Yet if we
conversa t i on, the democracy? The instinct of self- ment. He must allow no other person (Continued on Page Seven)
word should be art- preservation is not supinely dormant
iculated very care- eien in luxurious society, and if the
fully, and a deep, minob should be perverted to disbelieve-
sonorous accent should be given the in the reality of ourgreat, democratic
antepenult. government, a number of those 'THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK
It is also a very common word In pannchy gentlemen who speak at
fact, this democracy is a great thing teacher's institutes would become ORGANIZED 1863
I am even enticed to beieve that the; paupei-s. The whole truth of the mat-
Semitic scholars have erred. unpard- er is that in the public-schools, a
onably; that there is a deliberate child is made to repeat the phrase, y w ill n - .
omission in the very first verse of Ge- America is a democracy", so often0YOU lj
nesis 1. There seem to be not alto- that ft becomes a habit of the toxgue; Our service courteous
gether unfounded reasons to suggest and if anyone questions bin concern and pleasing in every way
that the document should be append- ing th' nature of our government, he
ed to read: In the beginning God blurthtMe dogma almost unconsc- 1
created heaven, earth and democracy oisly.
Do not the great orators as they And yet it seems that quite recently OLDEST BANK IN ANN ARBOR
drive home the great and profound I the whole structure of democracy has
truths of democracy, approach tie jwry d disconcertingly, that democ- MAIN STREET AT HURON
melodramatic, and receive round af- racy has been in imminent danger of
ter round of applause from the coll'as. It seems that the Great War -
charmed yokelry?-but surely not was fought to make the world "safe -
only those whose clothes are bought foi democracy". Gut apparently the
ready-made clap their hands.' Do not war was not very successful; at fort-
history texts devote solidly-printed nightly istervals a committee of spin-
pages to the subject? Have you ever sters -from Peru, Indiana or Wichita.,
seen a respectable newspaper which Kansas or from some other of the -lI4u? xs tI
does not have at least one eloquent towns of the hinterland, makes a pil-
column upon democracy, and in whose grimage down to Washington. After
pages the word is not spelled several having climbed to the top of Wash-
times with a capital "D"? It is every- ington's Monument, the delegation
where, it permeates all reality And callsat the White House, and en-
anyone who denies its exisene orteats ':"Oh, Mr. President, our great
who declares that it is the invenition dmocl acy- is in such great danger.
of nere man, must be either an - imbeWonlt yon'please do something to help
tile or a dull myope. save it?"
Democracy properly belong to the
realm of government, bat it ic such I s there ever been democracy in
a palatable thing that everyone has 'tes United State and will there)I
been after a morsel. We hear of dem- ever be one? Nor are these implica-
ocracy in education, of denocracy in tions confined to the United States.
religion, of democracy in art; of dem- Democracy is an empty word, con-
ocrac in love, of democracy ad nfin ceived in the imagination, aborted,
ituim . . . Keep this talk of dem' and brought into currency for the
ocracy out of anything if you can. As conveireee of those - who- are to - For Chrismas
soon as some new field of social ei- indolentto think for themselves; an
deavor is opened, some enthusiastic inne illusion about which "great", Give your friends a real token
pilgrim, his heart rejuvenated by this 'wonderful", "marvelous", and the
great elixir, carries the banner of other adjectives of the journalists,
democracy to the new territory and group themselves in the form of a of appecioion-a Portrai.
triumphantly floats it from the ig-est halo; a hypothesis for bombast; the
hill. In America, the popular con- stock-wod of mountebanks.
ception seems to be that thisfiiag is What is democracy? Abjuring all
the Star-Spangled Banner Indeed ,nbetahors what does the word mean?
the very word democracy suggests Smetnes I think it can mean almost PHONE 598 121 E. WASHINGTON
the word America, just as penny an'anythin under the heavens. For in-
candy form a couple in a child asmindstance, the old faithful phrase, "Am-
But what else can one expect ertea is a democracy"? I take it that
Is not the word democracyite-t America is also ,a country; ergo, a
posed between "nation" and " Uited dountry is a democracy. How inter-
States" in every standard te oo 's esting ;
Is there a public-school teae in Tb ord democracy, both currently
the United States who would ie per and etymologically, means govern-
men by the people-whatever that
:ay mean. Please do not hasten over
F. L. Tilden. Editor that sentence too rapidly; let one re-
Donald E. L. Snyder' -Books - I flect upon the meaning of "govern-
Normand Lockwood Music -ment'-the word passes much too
Robert Bartron Henderson. - gliblyffromthe togues of many. And
-Drama- "government by the people" ties the
Gordon Wer ....... ;a.Art Gordian knot. At least, permit we toa
Lisle Rose, Halsey -Davidson,0
Newell Beout, Sampel More, suggest that "government by the peo-
Jr., Maxwell Nowles, Philip Wag- ple" means something more than the
rThxeudayMaazielicagitebloto letoDdyIN N ER S
ner, Dorothy Sanders, jlmarking of grotesque "X's" upon a
I The Sunday Magazine solcits ballo on election day. 7
manuscripts from all persons af- - Democracy also connotes that every
filiated with the Univrsity. Man- titizen shall have an equal share in
us ripts must be typewritten, I -fthe government of the community. I
tri*le spaced and written on one trust that I do not err in thus inform-
side only. ** ally translating the cold, dogmatic
The Sunday Magazine acknowl
edges The American Secular Un- language of political science hand--
Ion review service for "The Un- books. It is the empirical definition
official Observer" department.* which one would naturally formulate WEST HURON STREET

!',from- one's own reading and listening. ACROSS FROM D. U. R. STATION
It is the definition which any ortho-
dox politician or statesman would
It is the policy of this magane toi unhestitatingly give.
publish articles of opinion by both Yet it would not be at all amazing
students and faculty membes s if, in to see some cynic break into print WE'VE BEEN SERVING THE BEST
the judgment of the editor, these aras-
cles are of intrinsic value and interest with the assertion that democracy
This does not ean that manuscripts FOR
solicited or voluntarily offered are means nothing-nor would his state-F Y
necessarily in accord with editorial ment be devoid of truth. Whether one
opinion either in principle or form, says that democracy is government by

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