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Letters: November 2020

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By Prospect Team   November 2020

Still hope for American democracy

In her splendid summary of the fissures that threaten the integrity of the American electoral system, Dahlia Lithwick invokes a Buddhist story about a “shattered bowl” that “was already broken in the first place” to describe our situation as we hurtle toward the 2020 presidential election.

We do not share Lithwick’s pessimism. Let’s begin with the broken bowl, a story told by Ajahn Chah, an influential 20th-century Buddhist monk and teacher. “Do you see this glass?” Chah asked. “I love this glass.…

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