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by Hipolito ⌂ @, New York, Wednesday, February 06, 2019, 23:15 (73 days ago) @ DouglasCar

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Democracy is nice, but it is not a panacea. The American insistence that the world mimic us — ain’t we pretty close to poifect? — has always struck me as both patronizing and contemptuous of history. The overriding challenge of all incipient democracies is how to handle minority issues. For a very long time, the U.S. did not do very well in this regard. We disenfranchised African-Americans and used all sorts of devices to keep them in penury and politically powerless. It was the various democracies of the South that insisted on Jim Crow laws, and their representatives in Congress — many of whom loathed racial segregation — voted to maintain it lest they wind up losing at the polls. It took the often non-elected courts, Supreme or less so, to remedy the situation. The people are not always wise.


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