So a few days ago I wrote a piece, ostensibly addressed to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), about why we should understand the passage of legislation by strict party-line Democratic majorities as a positive good. The basic gist is that Republican radicalization against democracy, which is often thought of in terms of the “Big Lie” that Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election, is not really about any alleged acts of cheating as normal people would understand them. Rather it reflects the view that Democratic participation in politics is inherently illegitimate. And although this is not just about race, it is principally…

Robert Black

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