The World’s Oldest Democracy Is One of Its Worst

Source: Foreign Policy
by James Traub

“Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state of Arizona had the right to adopt laws, disqualifying votes cast in the wrong precinct and prohibiting organizations from bringing ballots from voters to polling places, that were transparently designed to place hurdles in the path of Democrats seeking to vote. Since most of the United States’ Republican-dominated states have already passed or are now seeking to pass similar or yet more restrictive rules, the United States may soon become the world’s only established democracy where members of one party have managed to make it much harder for members of the other party to cast a ballot. Republicans do not want democracy to operate; it’s possible they’ll succeed.” [editor’s note: Yeah, yeah, I know, “the US isn’t a democracy, it’s a republic.” China and North Korea are “republics” too. “Democracy” and “republic” aren’t mutually exclusive terms – TLK] (07/06/21)