New York Magazine

The Republic Repeals Itself

An experiment in democracy that may not reach its 250th birthday.

WE ARE WITNESSING the power of a massive populist movement that has now upended the two most stable democracies in the world—and thrown both countries into a completely unknown future. In Britain, where the polls did not pick up the latent support for withdrawal from the European Union, a new prime minister is now navigating a new social contract with the indigenous middle and working classes forged by fear of immigration and globalization. In the U.S., the movement—built on anti-political politics, economic disruption, and

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