Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 47, Issue 2, July 2021

Matthew D. Sandwisch
Pages 9-10

The Necessity of Virtue in a Free Society

In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?