Voters Are Making a Mess of Democracy

"One person, one vote" is sacred. It's also a threat.

Where so much can go so wrong.

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In the U.S., a large if perhaps shrinking share of the population wants to elect as president a reality-television star with no apparent interest in learning anything about governing or the world around him. In the U.K., a majority of voters chose to exit the European Union despite experts' warnings of financial chaos and economic damage that so far are being borne out. In these and other democracies, voters are becoming increasingly enamored of protest candidates and populist parties that have no ability or perhaps even intention to live up to their promises.

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