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Last week, all seven candidates in Vermont’s gubernatorial election came together to debate the crucial issues facing the Green Mountain State. Things got very strange, very quickly.

Click above to see MSNBC’s Chris Hayes recap this outrageous example of participatory democracy at its finest – then share this video!

Video: All In with Chris Hayes via Real Clear Politics.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

In the two weeks since Election 2020, the country has oscillated between joy and anger, hope and dread in an era of polarization sharpened by the forces of racism, nativism, and hate. Still, truth be told, though the divisive tone of this moment may only be sharpening, division in the United States of America is not a new phenomenon.

Over the past days, I've found myself returning to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who, in 1967, just a year before his own assassination, gave a speech prophetically entitled "The Other America" in which he vividly described a reality that feels all too of this moment rather than that one:

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