What’s more damaging to democracy: a liberal calling someone racist or a conservative legislature depriving people of their right to vote based on their race?

False choice.

But, let’s parse through some variables:

  1. If a single individual calls another group of people racist, no impact on democracy.
  2. If a substantial number of one party calls another party racist, there is a substantial impact on democracy. Anger results, gridlock occurs, states start talking about secession, and you start electing demogogues instead of legislators.
  3. If a legislature deprives a small number of people of their right to vote based on race (say, a precinct) that’s reprehensible, but does not damage democracy.
  4. If a legislature were to deprive a large number of people of their right to vote based on race (an entire state, for example), than that’s highly damaging.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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