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“A Democratic Spirit is one that combines rigour and humility, i.e. a passionate conviction plus sedulous respect for the convictions of others. As any American knows, this is a very difficult spirit to cultivate and maintain, particularly when it comes to issues you feel strongly about. Equally tough is a Democratic Spirit’s criterion of 100 percent intellectual integrity–you have to be willing to look honestly at yourself and your motive for believing what you believe, and to do it more or less continually.”

–D.F. Wallace

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