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Yes, American Democracy (Really) is Dying - Eudaimonia and Co

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'America is not dead yet! you cry. You’re right. But  to resuscitate democracy must be  nourished by reason, sanity, and decency. And if we are to renew it, we must invest in these  things like we’ve never invested before.  America didn’t water its democracy -- it didn’t: build better schools, make sure everyone had mental healthcare (or any healthcare), treat its own people with respect and dignity, build public media instead of Faux News, and so on. America’s sanity, reason, and decency dwindled. And thus it let the waters that should have nourished democracy become something like a billionaire’s fountain — pointless, useless, a decoration that signals who won, and who lost…a futile game. The tree of democracy withered..Does it have life left in it yet?  Democracy is a living, breathing thing — and all living things needs nourishment.'

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"The wave of Trumpism is stark evidence of how American attitudes shifted in response to a fatally broken economy, a downwardly mobile society, and a culture of individualist materialism. All these left people severely wounded psychically. Unable to think""even if they still knew how, reared on a diet of lowest-common-denominator trash TV and junk culture. And they offered no salves for people's pain""they only rubbed their distress and trauma in their very own faces. What was the inevitable outcome going to be? Wham! The descent into the abyss of demagoguery, as democracy died."

"What waters democracy? Decency, reason, sanity. But these things do not come easy, they don't come cheap, they don't happen by themselves. A society must invest in them.In concrete, tangible ways. With good education. With good culture. With mental healthcare. With laws and rules and codes, free and fair, to prevent real and lasting harm. With institutions which respect people as beings of inherent worth. By keeping a firm lid on inequality and injustice""so the attitude of predation doesn't prevail. In many, many ways is the tree democracy watered with decency, reason, and sanity."

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By what stretch of imagination has the USA ever been a healthy democracy? The roots of oligarchy run deep in this nation. When the Constitution was penned, only 4% of the residents were permitted to vote. PTSD is a proud tradition for many American families. Teens escape domestic violence by joining the military, where they are taught more violence. Observe the rape, murder, and mayhem on TV. These are our role models. Look at the history of a typical Scottish-Irish family. Ancestors were thrown from their indigenous homes by the closures and hired as mercenaries on a neighboring island. They came to the USA to collect bounties hunting Native Americans. This is not the bed of reason, sanity, and decency. It is a worthy dream to seek democracy in the USA, but it is preposterous fantasy to think we can rebuild what never existed.

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