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Democracy & Development
October 19, 2016

There’s a massive loser in tonight’s presidential TV debate – and it isn’t Donald Trump

by
Henry Jackson Society
and
Douglas Murray

Originally published by The Spectator

Did you think, after the second presidential TV debate last week, that democracy couldn’t sink lower? Well, think again. Tonight’s clash between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Las Vegas — already dubbed ‘fight night’ — looks certain to mark a new low for civilised politics, and a new high for elections as trash entertainment.

The trouble is, as Douglas Murray argued last week, we are the problem. We’re all engrossed by America’s car-crash election. We’re all guilty of dumbing down. Almost all of us find actual policy dull, no matter how much we pretend otherwise — because it is. It’s much more fun to watch the Donald J. Trump show.

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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