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The Global Necessity of American Democracy

US President Joe Biden's speech on the "battle for the soul of the nation" laid out the enormous stakes of November's midterm elections. It is not just the future of American democracy that is on the line, but also the United States' ability to lead a fragmented world in addressing humanity's most significant challenges.

MADRID – In his prophetic 1838 Lyceum Address, a generation before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln predicted that the fall of the United States, if it were ever to occur, would not come from an outside threat, but rather as a result of internal division. “It cannot come from abroad,” he said, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.”