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A Contest and a Set Up in Eastern Europe

Elections are a tell-tale sign of democracy, but they are also a permanent feature of a dictatorship. In a democratic contest elections are real and indispensable for power. In a dictatorial game “elections” are a deception operation to compel the people to report at the voting booth to cast a vote that matters not because the dictator is always predetermined to win.

That reminds me of an old joke: What’s the difference between American elections and Soviet elections? It’s like the difference between a chair and an electric chair.

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