Fairy-Tale Democracy & Its Discontents

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We’re in love with the idea of democracy. Its rapturous freedom, its ennobling vision, its earnest endorsement of the common man. Sentiments of equality manage to arch over present polarization to a hopeful extent. One wonders, where did this affectionate devotion to the democratic ideal come from?

I speculate it starts with our first introductions into this governmental prototype within the…



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