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Democracy Will Still Surprise Us

Sep 22, 2018 - The New York Times

ATHENS -- Gazing at the Acropolis the other day from an Athens rooftop, I was reminded of Samuel Beckett's words: ''Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.''

Athenian democracy, a male preserve, far from universal, failed in due course. Still, to see that white citadel in the Athenian dawn is to be reminded of the millenniums of human striving for a political system permitting citizens to exercise power through the ballot box: government of the people, by th...