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America’s antiquated constitution

The founding document of the United States is wholly unsuited for a modern democracy—and a potential danger to its survival

By William Howell & Terry Moe  

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940

For more than a year, Donald Trump warned Americans that their political system was rigged to subvert the will of the people. When the votes were counted on Election Day, the outcome did indeed subvert the will of the people—but hardly in the way Trump envisioned. Hillary Clinton won almost three million more votes than Trump did, beating him by a margin of some 2.1 per cent. Yet Trump was elected president.

How could such a…

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