by Matt Parrott
Aristotle understood the obvious, as surely did perceptive men in kingdoms and civilizations which rose and fell long before the birth of Western Civilization: Democratic systems only work when there’s an affinity, a sense of shared heritage, identity, and fate among the citizenry. A political jurisdiction where the constituents share nothing in common with one another except for common citizenship paperwork cannot stand without increasingly tyrannical application of outside pressure. Americans are choosing to bowl alone rather than with neighbors who don’t share the same origins, priorities, interests, or even language.
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