- Do they cater to our prejudices by suggesting that we treat people outside our ethnicity, race, or party as unworthy of dignity and respect?
- Do they want us to nurture our anger toward those who we believe have done us wrong, encourage our grievances, and aim for revenge?
- Do they encourage us to have contempt for governing institutions and the electoral process?
- Do they seek to destroy our faith in essentials to democracy such as an independent press and a professional judiciary?
- Do they exploit the symbols of patriotism -- the flag, the pledge -- in a conscious effort to turn us against one another?
- If defeated at the polls, would they accept the verdict or insist without evidence that they have won?
- Do they brag about their ability to solve all problems, put to rest all anxieties, and satisfy every desire?
- Do they solicit our cheers by speaking casually and with machismo about using violence to do away their enemies?
- Do they echo the attitude of Mussolini: "The crowd doesn't have to know," all it has to do is believe and "submit to being shaped"?
- Or do they invite us to join with them in building and maintaining a healthy center for our societies, a place where rights and duties are apportioned fairly, the social contact is honored, and all have room to dream and grow?
Important questions from an important book.
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