Watching my father play with my nephew, I am witness to the first three consecutive generations of Germans living in uninterrupted peace. Ever. Nobody is going to endanger that unopposed. Looking at my grandfather and my father, the most striking difference in their formative experiences is defined by the narrative surrounding their sense of national identity.
The Irish Citizens’ Assembly and its predecessor, the Constitutional Convention, have resulted in three referendums to date. When put forward to the general Irish population, the outcome of all three referendums were in line with the recommendations of the assemblies, despite the sceptical predictions of experts. What was it about the Irish process of involving everyday citizens in agenda-setting that made it so successful?
In America everything goes and nothing matters, while in Europe nothing goes and everything matters. Philip Milton Roth