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Politics: We need it


Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Or our declining national optimism. There’s wage stagnation, income inequality, a high poverty rate, failing infrastructure, inadequate healthcare coverage, a dysfunctional Congress. … You get the idea.

This is not really a list of failings. It’s a to-do list. How do we make progress on it? Well, I’ll tell you: politics.

American politics can be an inefficient, noisy, messy ride. But be careful bef...

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