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The state of democracy: voting out

The ballot box is under pressure in many parts of the world, as two new books attest. After the electoral shocks of 2016, stand by for a new intellectual assault

By Tom Clark   February 2017

"I worry that a serious assault on the ballot box is coming" ©Teenbull, Mega/Pixel, Claire McAdams/Rex Shutterstock, Means/Getty Images

Listen: Headspace #5—democracy under attack

A few days after 9/11, one of my more excitable friends said: “very soon, we’ll be discussing whether we can justify torture.” I put it down to one war film too many. But before long, it turned out he was right. The CIA asked George W Bush…

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