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|No. 32 October 28, 2016 |
by Dennis J. Snower
US campaign increases dangerous mistrust in political system
One thing emerges clearly from these US Presidential election debates: Personal attacks on the opponent's character, temperament and judgment are steadily rising. The supporters of both candidates increasingly believe that the opposing candidate is a crook who would be a disaster for the country. As a result, once the election is over, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the losing part of the electorate will submit to the democratic process and follow the leadership of the winner. This means not only worsening political stalemate, but a gradual subversion of the liberal principles of tolerance, trust, fairness and civic duty that are essential for democracy to work.
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