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Five Threats to American Democracy

America’s democratic idea is under siege, from within by ideological movements that oppose free speech and institutions, and from without by authoritarian competitors. In this course, we will focus on five trends that might threaten the core of American democracy: demographic decline, identity politics, secularization, immigration debate, and the digital revolution. In order to assess whether these trends pose threats or opportunities for American democracy, we will revisit foundational questions about this country. What is the American idea of democracy? What can preserve it, and what can damage it?

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