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The United States, a democracy? Voices 

The United States, a democracy?

Americans often praise themselves for being the first democracy in the Western world. They look back to their founding fathers, and all of the admiration their young country initially received, and think: “Ah, yes. We did that,” taking nationalism to a whole new level. Today, this image of the great “first democracy” seems to blind Americans to the reality that the US is much less democratic than they were two centuries ago.   Picking and choosing Very few Western countries idolize their founders the way the US does. Their history…

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