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    There May Be a New Threat to Democracy

    Having one’s say is a good thing, right? Political parties in the U.S. and worldwide have learned that opening up their leadership selection processes can bring unexpected results. In the U.K., three-quarters of Labour Party MPs opposed Jeremy Corbyn for being too left-wing, but he won the leadership election with a wave of newly eligible voters. Open primaries are often touted as offering more representative democracy, but some warn that they bring about a “tyranny of the extremes” — ultimately leading to less democracy, not more.

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