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April 18, 2018

How Democracies Die

The title of this letter is also the title of a new book that I believe every voter and indeed every citizen of this great country of ours should read. The authors, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, have been studying the history of democracies around the world for the past 20 years. They do a great job of explaining this history which includes many democracies, along with our own. They discuss not only the deaths of democracies but also deal with the creation and preservation of them as well. While this may sound like a very dry book, it proves to be anything but. The authors make the book very interesting and a pleasure to read. The authors also back up their state...

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