As a citizen of the USA, I was raised and educated into the idea that democracy was the best of all possible systems. I was also taught that everyone was “created equal”, and that it was important to treat people fairly. These things sound so good; they made me want them to be true, and of course, since we’re told these are the values the culture we live in operates under, and that we are a part of that culture, to object is to object to ourselves in some sense.

But after 50-odd years of observing what actually goes on in our society, as opposed to what we are told is the way it operates; 50-odd years of seeing supposedly core principles cast aside like so much debris; 50-odd years of legislative erosion of the constitution… I’m really pretty sure that there are problems with these ideas that aren’t separable from the practical implementation of them.

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