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“ Trump has left hundreds of years of democratic tradition in tatters.”

Ah yes, but he’s hearkening to what democracy has often devolved into anyway, in this country and others. He’s doing his best to validate the criticisms of 17th-century Tories, with whom the Founders were engaging their discourse about democracy above all.

Of course, Plato warned of this inevitable outcome 2,500 years ago. Confucius warned of it 3,000 years ago, though if Western civilization was bent on ignoring Plato, they sure as heck would ignore Confucius, too.