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Mean and meaner: A vaunted political system enters an era of revolt

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH        Bill Winter, a deft copy editor from my past, used to have an old joke in which the king and his guardsman would describe the latest rebellion.    “Your highness, the peasants are revolting!” the guardsman would warn.    “Yes, aren’t they?” the king would respond.    Quick-witted Bill never missed a chance to…

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