Barber stresses that both government and private enterprise must be enlisted in the effort to revitalize civil society. Government must take a more active role in nourishing, protecting, and encouraging robust civic activity. When problems demand it, it must also act on behalf of the citizenry. "Government is civil society's common arm, just as civil society is government's animating body." At the same time, private enterprise must be more sensitive to the demands of democracy and civility. As Barber sees it, corporations must either "give us back our government and, while pursuing profits, accommodate governmental encroachments and regulation in the name of the public weal, or they themselves will have to become more civic-minded and democratic, no matter what the cost to their profits. Anything less means the end of democracy."


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