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The Prospect editorial—Democracy on the ballot

Authoritarians are in the ascendancy—but hope has not been extinguished

By Tom Clark   October 2020

This issue happens to mark a quarter of a century of Prospect—the inaugural edition was October 1995. So it is fitting that we marshal a cast of world thinkers—George Soros, Dahlia Lithwick and Anatol Lieven—as well as rising stars of long-form journalism such as Samira Shackle, and set them to work on the sort of sweeping, thematic question that made this magazine’s name.

But while we can allow ourselves a birthday pat on the back, there is little else to cheer. The big question we’ve set our writers…

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