Political Trust & Distrust 13

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Exclusion and discrimination undermine political trust and risk distrust. Fairness requires that (a) we are all able to participate in, and benefit from, the political system.  It also requires (b) minority rights and protections. Our political system should stop the most powerful factions from dominating the least powerful factions – on account of residency in a large state, population share, income or wealth, skin color, religion, gender, sexual preference, or any other scale. That, in turn, requires (c) fair play achieved through unbiased rules that apply to everyone, and everyone follows faithfully.

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Image: Bloody Monday. Protestant mobs attacked German and Irish Catholic neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky on election day, August 6, 1855.

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