How can democracy work?

Democracy prevailed only if the system functioned in the way it was designed to function: Congress passes laws, the executive signs or refuses to sign them, and the judiciary reviews the results.

— Louis Menand, “How the Deal Went Down: Saving Democracy in the Depression,” in writing about Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, by Ira Katznelson (from The New Yorker, March 4, 2013)

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