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New Left Review I/232, November-December 1998

Daniel Lazare

America the Undemocratic

The United States, as every American schoolchild knows, is the oldest and still greatest political democracy on earth. Non(Un?)-Americans may disagree, but on one point there is complete unanimity: the United States is different. Just how different can be gleaned from two seemingly innocuous statements by the man who is still America’s numero uno, Bill Clinton. The first is one of Clinton’s favourite aphorisms, one he is fond of repeating at nearly every opportunity:

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