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Great article Mr Black! I would also add that some in the Republican party like to make it as difficult as possible for black Americans to vote. In some States they have changed voters’ I.D. requirements to a much more onerous criteria, to put off the poorer, uneducated citizens.
Harnish Calder | February 26, 2018 | Reply
Thank you Hamish. I could easily have doubled the length of the article with important facts such as yours. I wanted it to not be partisan so I focused on issues that belong to both parties.
Bill | February 26, 2018 | Reply
Having this commentary posted in the New York Times, and the Economist magazine would be the greatest service your country and what was once the Great Republic to our south.
Ron Chisholm | February 24, 2018 | Reply
An interesting article – thank you. A couple comments:
1. I have always favoured guidance by rational principles vs pragmatic centralism. Not really sure what the latter means – surely Richard Nixon would have fit that description and not sure we’d want him as our model. Pragmatism can be useful in helping you get to where you want to go but perhaps not in determining the destination. One of the criticisms of pragmatism is that it often doesn’t work. Having clear, well-thought out principles can be very useful to guide us given all the “clutter” we have to deal with.
2. Agree that democracy and fairness are critical and accept that they are under siege in today’s America (and elsewhere). But democracy alone is not sufficient. We obviously would not accept a majority vote to put the minority to death! The US tried to establish a limited, constitutional democracy with individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. They never fully lived up to these noble principles (e.g. slavery) and now seem to be forgetting them. Perhaps they should revisit them?
Steve Chipman | February 24, 2018 | Reply
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