Sustaining A Democracy Takes Hard Work


Last updated 5/3/2021 at 2:42pm

It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment.

What’s the Senate going to do about the filibuster?

How should infrastructure money be spent? Is the country going to come out of this year as badly divided as it started?

These and many other questions matter a lot — but sometimes, it’s helpful to step back and take stock of what we’ve learned over the course of our history.

I’ve been thinking about this because I’ve been reading Jon Meacham’s 2018 book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our...

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