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If you’re looking for a good laugh, this is probably not the class for you. It’s old news that democracy is under attack, from a variety of sources. In this class we will look at those sources, for example: white supremacy; voter suppression and voter indifference; Christian nationalism; the proliferation of guns; home schooling; income inequality; affirmative action; domestic terrorism, the rise of antisemitism; identifying fake news; and the role of social media. We will discuss who finances these activities; what are their objectives; who benefits from these objectives and who is harmed. The seminal question underlying all these issues is whether the American experiment in self-government has a future.

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