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Democracy’s salvation

America is in terminal decline; China is on the rise; the EU is too supine. What about “we, the people”? Are we colluding with the disintegration of liberal democracy by acquiescing to the “acceptable authoritarianism” of the lockdown, as Steve Bloomfield suggests? (“The new battle for democracy,” July.)

I share his concerns about liberal democracy but not his implied fatalism. “Liberal” and “democracy” are not synonymous, as Bloomfield acknowledges, but neither was their alliance an “accident.” European democrats devised rights charters to limit the powers of elected…

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