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Foreword: February 2017—Don’t take democracy for granted

An elitist assault on people power is on the way. It must be resisted

By Tom Clark   February 2017

Feb17_Cover_v2.inddA frail old lady walks into a church hall, marks a cross on a bit of paper, and a government falls. That is democracy’s promise—and, when you stop and think about it, what an improbable promise it seems. The ballot box has only ever been able to rule because it has been buttressed by all manner of supports: social, institutional, even ideological. As Barack Obama put it in his farewell address, the US constitution promises self-government, but it is “just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We,…

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