“Democracy is not a spectator sport”

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If what you’re seeing raises questions for you,
please consider encouraging
John Fahey, Chairman and CEO of National Geographic,
to share some answers by granting us an interview.
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Cory Booker is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

National Geographic once understood Mr. Booker’s point.
In a time of crisis,
National Geographic asked all of us to participate.

National Geographic once featured stories
about the people who helped launch
our democratic adventure.

NGM, September 1987

National Geographic once was proud to celebrate
the values that make us a nation.

NGM, July 1986

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Today, our Society asks us to share kitty pictures.

To buy air freshener…

… and coffee beans.

Our Society lends its good name
to a television channel (majority-owned by News Corp)
that serves up shows like this:

In which a man falls in love with a sex doll....

What happened?

Why has our Society, under John Fahey’s leadership,
stopped addressing us as citizens
and started treating us like customers?

Here’s a hint:

You can’t do business in China
if you insist on talking about
James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and democracy.

So, we changed our story.

Chris Johns & Terry Adamson celebrate NGM's new publishing partnership in the People's Republic of China. (2007)

This is tragic and short-sighted.
But it doesn’t have to be the end of the story….

John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society

John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society

Dear John: Let’s Talk

John rarely, if ever, gives interviews.
But we’re asking for one — and you can help by clicking “Recommend,” below.

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≡ This is a modified encore presentation of An Urgent and Demanding Participatory Endeavor, which we posted earlier this year.


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