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It’s a bleak portrait that George Packer presents of the United States (p20), crippled to the point of standstill, apparently, by its own constitution, a text which it has offered to the world for so long as the blueprint for governing a democracy. As both Packer and Jacob Kierkegaard argue (p22), the wreckage in Washington is, in one sense, a narrower problem than it might seem. The repeated gerrymandering of districts in the House of Representatives, now calculated by computer, means that a minority can hold the entire legislative process to…

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