The fight is for democracy
The stakes of this election are so high because the system itself is at stake.
America is not a democracy, and Republicans want to keep it that way. America is not a democracy, and Democrats want to make it one, or at least more of one. This is the fight behind the fight, the battle that will decide all the others.
A party that keeps winning power as it fails to win over voters will quickly turn against democracy itself. And when that happens, it will use the power it has to make it yet easier to win power without winning voters. And so the Republican Party is.
Democracy defines America, and it is on the ballot now.
the stakes right now are democracy against competitive authoritarianism
piece riffing on Melissa Schwartzberg, who in turn is riffing on Adam Przeworski's arguments (see
). Melissa, I and
are working on a more realistic - and robust understanding of democracy.
Over the past decade, the right has understood that democracy is its enemy with far more clarity than the left has realized that democracy is its answer. But that is, perhaps, changing.
Which leads to this piece, which I won't try to summarize in total here: The stakes of this election are so high because the system itself is at stake. Both sides intend to use power to change the political system itself, and the GOP is already doing so.
Neil Lewis, Jr.
Well, given the news of the day, it seems like an appropriate time to share this article: "This is an election — and more than an election, it is a politics — increasingly defined by a fight over what the rules of the game should be."
Please vote. "America is not a democracy, and Republicans want to keep it that way. America is not a democracy, and Democrats want to make it one, or at least more of one... Democracy is the enemy, the specter stalking Republican power."