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“Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms have accelerated public discourse to warp speed, creating virtual versions of the mob. Inflammatory posts based on passion travel farther and faster than arguments based on reason. Rather than encouraging deliberation, mass media undermine it by creating bubbles and echo chambers in which citizens see only those opinions they already embrace.” Jeffrey Rosen in The Atlantic: The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become. America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare.

+ “Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.” Anne Applebaum: A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come.

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