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Gringo view: Is democracy irreconcilably doomed, or does it just look that way?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Why should we all be worrying so much about the imminent death of democracy? Perhaps, because it is in such danger of being swiped away from us, probably because we have the bad habit of taking it for granted.

Democracy has indeed had a reasonable run in the history books, even if it hardly gains any gold medals for historical staying power.

Amid the increasingly noisy, angry, and misguided turmoil that is occupying my fellow gringos, it is fair to ask if the oft-cited goal of Greek patrician democracy in 700 BC was as . . .

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