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The ‘problem’ with democracy is that you actually have to convince people who don’t agree with you. Not addressing problems and fears because we think they’re irrational to begin with is not going to work forever. Calling everyone who doesn’t agree with us a fascist and a racist is actually quite helpful – for people like Donald Trump. He’s a symptom not a cause. Taking him down (or the leave voters) only postpones the problem. Words can persuade for a while but in the end people who lost their jobs and were steadily ignored by politics for decades will make themselves heard. The earlier we listen the smaller the earthquake.