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American Democracy

Be it resolved, American democracy is in its worst crisis in a generation and Donald J. Trump is to blame…

 

October 12, 2017

It is the public debate of the moment: is Donald Trump precipitating a crisis of American democracy? For some the answer is an emphatic “yes”. Trump’s disregard for the institutions and political norms of U.S. democracy is imperiling the Republic. The sooner his presidency collapses the sooner the healing can begin and the ship of state righted. For others Trump is not the villain in this drama. Rather, his young presidency is the conduit, not the cause, of Americans’ deep-seated anger towards a privileged and self-dealing Washington elite. Trump’s disruption of politics as usual is what America needs to start the process of restoring democracy by the people, for the people.

The Autumn 2017 Munk Debate will move the motion: be it resolved, American democracy is in its worst crisis in a generation and Donald J. Trump is to blame...

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Pre-Debate Results

67% Pro 33% Con

Post-Debate Results

64% Pro 36% Con

Con wins with 3% vote gain.

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Pro

Andrew Sullivan

“In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional order, Trump is an extinction-level event.”

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

“Our country is now as close to crossing the line from democracy to autocracy as it has been in our lifetimes.”

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Con

Newt Gingrich

“Trump’s election is a tremendous opportunity to tear down the walls of big government, liberalism, and elitism and set the path for a bold new direction that is once again guided by the will of the people.”

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Con

Kimberley Strassel

“What we're witnessing here is the return to old-fashioned politics […] This is about a big, fat, beautiful negotiation.”

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