The comments on this Charles M. Blow column would make for a mini-seminar on American understandings of voting, the tools of active citizenship, and our hopes for the health of our democracy.#

In recent columns Charles M. Blow correctly argues that voting remains essential for mending our damaged democracy. But healthy democracy requires active citizens who go beyond voting, and I fear that most people don't know how to start and then sustain political action on even a local level. We don't teach about the full toolkit of active citizenship in our public schools, but we could. And columnists could tell a series of stories that illustrate the elements of a full citizen's toolkit. Speaking briefly of "direct democracy" in a column like this one is just a start.#

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