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Democracy needs more than votes to sustain it. Without the solder of commonly held values welding together its constituent parts, democracies can easily disintegrate into competing interest groups and warring factions. When the well of public virtue runs dry, democratic countries are in deep trouble.
Yet, who can doubt that today, in a bout of self-loathing – and at a time when it is susceptible to new threats to its democratic institutions – Europe has taken to denying its Christian roots? As we try to airbrush out this essential part of our story, we are in grave danger of forgetting what makes us who we are.
We turn our back on our identity at our peril. And let us be clear about what alternatives are waiting in the wings.
Democracy needs more than votes to sustain it.
Without the solder of commonly held values…
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