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DEMOCRACY

From the column: "Universal voting ... is hardly a new or radical idea. The system already is used in 26 democratic countries worldwide."
It’s time to ask candidates and incumbents the hard questions and to vote for those who pledge to end the family struggles of affordable housing, enough food, health care for all, and the climate crisis that threatens us all.
Civilization is people in responsible, dignified conversation, listening with empathy.
From the column: "Watch for those who overstate and embellish the evidence for the purpose of adding to the conflict. Destructive agitation should be an anomaly, not a business model."

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Voters feel society has descended into chaos.
You can think Trump’s actions after losing the 2020 election are an unprecedented assault on our institutions, or you can decide he’s worth supporting again if he runs in 2024.
Announcing that he had reached a deal to acquire Twitter, Musk asserted that “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”
One will determine the ascendency of democracy or autocracy, the other is for a liveable planet.
Fascism is not a popular word, so those trying to undermine our democracy from within won’t call themselves fascists.
From the column: "Putin is a mad man just like Hitler was. Putin is a danger not just to Ukraine; he is a danger to all democracies."

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With so many elections predetermined before a ballot is cast, voters — particularly in the minority party — can feel effectively disenfranchised.

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