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It is the Supreme Court and, thus, American democracy.When I wrote a book about "illiberal democracy" 15 years ago, I noted that America was not immune to the dangers of populism that could erode liberal democracy. I was struck that, in surveys, the three governmental institutions that commanded the most respect were all fundamentally nondemocratic the armed forces, the Federal Reserve and the Supreme Court. Of these, the Supreme Court was perhaps the most important because it is, in many ways, the ultimate arbiter of American democracy the final decision-maker.Aristotle believed that the best political system was a mixed regime, one that had aspects of democracy but also gained stability from some bodies that, rather than pandering to public sentiment, took a longer view and obeyed a higher set of values (such as the preservation of liberty).For American democracy to work, all the elements the three branches of government, the political parties, the states and the center must find a way to work together.
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