We live in a volatile age.

The last decade of American politics has proved to be dysfunctional, rancorous, and polarizing.

Together, we have experienced the increasing disintegration of both major political parties, the deep ideological and cultural divisions revealed by the 2016 election cycle, the inability of Congress to carry a sustained or constructive debate on matters of grave national importance, the escalation of race-related crimes and unrest, and the blatant disregard for the Constitution shown by certain Supreme Court justices.

In the midst of such division and dysfunction, two especially troubling trends have emerged: Americans seem increasingly drawn toward authoritarian politics, and to public incivility.

Taken together, these two phenomena have caused a number of commentators to suggest that we may be seeing the end of democracy in the United States.

But is that the case?

To read the rest of this article, originally published at The Daily Signal, click here.


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