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The Case for Banning Anti-Democratic Candidates

No democracy should be casual about defending itself through prima facie undemocratic means. But if a candidate has exhibited a clear pattern of anti-democratic conduct over time, and if that person doubles down on such conduct after clear warnings, a ban is not only justified but sometimes necessary.

PRINCETON – What should democracies do about parties that use elections and other democratic means to destroy democracy itself? One well-established, but not universally accepted, answer is to ban the party before it comes to power.