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Saving Democracy
Opinion

Saving Democracy

The current regime’s many-pronged assault on American democracy ■ Mel Gurtov / Contributed Writing on democracy, I’m reminded of a great old Stevie Wonder song, “Love’s in Need of Love Today.” Democracy is in need of love today: It is taking a beating nearly everywhere, including right here. Remember the optimism that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union two years later? Democracy was going to sweep across eastern Europe, the new Russia was going to undergo dramatic changes under glasnost and perestroika. There was great hope for democratic change in Africa and Latin America. And then the backlash came, and we

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