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For ten years Louis Theroux has been making programmes approximately off-beat characters at the fringes folks society. Now he revisits the United States and the folks who've so much interested him to attempt to find what motivates them, why they suspect the issues they suspect, and to determine what has occurred to them because he final observed them. alongside the way in which Louis thinks approximately what drives him to spend a lot time between bizarre humans, and considers even if he's realized whatever approximately himself during ten years operating with them. Has he manipulated the folks he's interviewed, or have they manipulated him? From his Las Vegas base, Louis revisits the various dreamers and outlaws who've been his television feeding floor. trying to comprehend a bit approximately himself and the workings of his personal brain, Louis considers questions equivalent to: what's the distinction among pathology and 'normal' weirdness? Is there whatever rather bizarre approximately americans? What does it suggest to be bizarre, or 'to be yourself'? And can we pick out our ideals or do our ideals decide upon us?

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49 The question, simply stated, is not whether people have free time but how they choose to spend it. For example, large numbers of Americans continue to be actively engaged with churches and other religious groups on a regular basis. This suggests the availability of both forums for discussion of issues and personal time for discourse. Additionally, the explosion of content and participation in the Internet opens up entirely new ways—new “spaces”—in which Americans can communicate with each other, as well as with people in other parts of the world.

As will be explored in the following chapters, lessons to be drawn from the legal system can provide such guidance as a more methodical supplement to the various, separate types of conventional guidance. This page intentionally left blank 4 The Law’s Tools and Traditions B efore determining whether the legal system’s approach to decisions can provide guidance for the citizen, we need to identify the particular legal tools and traditions that might be helpful. Twelve such methods will be explained here.

Never tried to confuse or mislead voters? 49 Once again, as with the citizens group guides, the guidance offered by voter guides is general, noncontroversial, and not very useful. E. D eliberation Projects Recently an academic and political effort labeled “deliberative democracy” has emerged. 53 There is considerable scholarly and political agreement that the deliberation experiments are worthwhile attempts to rescue political discourse and opinion formation from the discouraging context and obstacles described in chapter 2.

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