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What US democracy can learn from ancient Greek philosophy

In the face of intense political partisanship, Plato and Aristotle stressed the need for friendship among citizens and extolled the virtues of moderation and like-mindedness.

When president-elect Joe Biden addressed Americans on 7 November, many listened with palpable nostalgia and relief.

  • Teresa Bejan
  • NewStatesman

Like Barack Obama before him, here was a politician promising “not to divide, but to unify” and claiming he “doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States”.

Biden even went so far as to console those Americans who voted for the other guy, and pledged to be their president, too.

For those who…

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