On Democracy (2019)
Thirty-five years ago today, E.B. White, a writer and editor who heavily influenced the early New Yorker Magazine, passed away. You can sense his civilized, urbane voice from the quote above. That same tone was sadly missing at Tuesday night’s Presidential debate.
In another month, we are going to see whether America’s progress towards democracy will be disrupted, or even destroyed. The warning of Benjamin Franklin as he left the Constitutional Convention is as prophetic as White’s is hopeful. Asked about the form of the new government by a group of citizens, he supposedly replied, “a republic—if you can keep it.”