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Editorial


The Athenian statesman Solon admonished citizens that being part of a democracy meant picking sides. “When the situation is grave,” he wrote, “voters must get their hands dirty, and every citizen must participate in the debate, let no one remain neutral.”
Democracy lessons from the 6th-century BC can be chastening, since after Solon came Pisistratus, a tyrant.

The Athenian statesman Solon admonished citizens that being part of a democracy meant picking sides. “When the situation is grave,” he wrote, “voters must get their hands dirty, and every citizen must participate in the debate, let no one remain neutral.”
Democracy lessons from the 6th-century BC can be chastening, since after Solon came Pisistratus, a tyrant.

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