Sometimes our most important values
are so clear,
they risk becoming
Many people believe Democracy is another
word for "Majority Rule" - - but nothing could
be further from the truth.
Majority Rule is just another word for "Tyranny
of the Majority". It is a form of government based solely on
strength in numbers, not on wisdom or freedom or ethics or morality.
True Democracy requires a social compact between its members. It
demands shared core values guiding individuals and groups as they
raise issues, settle arguments and ensure those decisions are embraced
by its citizens. Shared values enable democracies to represent both
the will, and the wisdom of its people.
The most stable democracies temper their natural
power with their powerful compassion.
Often, shared values are codified in important
public documents, like constitutions or laws, but are just as likely
to be part of a cultural, religious or historical tradition capable
of outliving generations of politicians or social movements. For
example, Freedom of the Press is guaranteed by the American Constitution-
but that freedom is irrelevant unless the people maintain a shared
passion for truth, and support the press though their actions and
Today, as the country swings though one of its periodic
cycles of political polarization, public religiosity and war- the
need to bring shared democratic values to the surface is greater
than ever before. Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives and Liberals,
believers and agnostics- all should agree on some small set of values-
or our democracy will crumble.
Please click on the center
of the Core Value Logo to learn more about the goals
of this movement, and read about specific social issues these values