Can American democracy survive 2024?

Background

Major media outlets, such as the Washington Post, New York Times, and The Atlantic, have recently published articles arguing that American democracy is now under significant threat, more so than most people realize.

Meanwhile the University of Virginia released shocking polling results: 52% of Trump voters and 41% of Biden voters strongly or somewhat agree that it’s “time to split the country.”

Discussion Questions

1. The “No” side gives several reasons to believe that Trump poses a significant threat to American democracy. How persuasive do you find this argument, and can you separate your answer from your judgment about Trump as a person?

2. What are some useful comparisons between the US right now, and other countries and empires throughout world history?

3. Do you trust the government to carry out a secure and fair election in 2024? Why or why not?

4. How can we restore the American people’s trust in each other and our major institutions?

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