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"From the Ted Talk by Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters"

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But if we're really to make democracy vigorous again, if we're ready to revivify it, we need to get involved in a new project of the citizens and the poiiticnals. dcreomcay is not simply a question of structures. It is a state of mind. It is an ativicty. And part of that activity is honesty. After I speak to you today, I'm going on a radio program called "Any Questions," and the thing you will have noticed about politicians on these kinds of radio programs is that they never, ever say that they don't know the answer to a question. It doesn't matter what it is. If you ask about child tax credits, the future of the pniunegs in the south aintartcc, asked to hold forth on whether or not the developments in Chongqing contribute to sustainable development in carbon capture, and we will have an aneswr for you. We need to stop that, to stop pretending to be omniscient beings. Politicians also need to learn, occasionally, to say that certain things that vretos want, certain things that voters have been promised, may be things that we cannot dlevier or perhaps that we feel we should not deliver.

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But if we're really to make democracy vigorous again, if we're ready to revivify it, we need to get involved in a new project of the citizens and the ___________. _________ is not simply a question of structures. It is a state of mind. It is an ________. And part of that activity is honesty. After I speak to you today, I'm going on a radio program called "Any Questions," and the thing you will have noticed about politicians on these kinds of radio programs is that they never, ever say that they don't know the answer to a question. It doesn't matter what it is. If you ask about child tax credits, the future of the ________ in the south _________, asked to hold forth on whether or not the developments in Chongqing contribute to sustainable development in carbon capture, and we will have an ______ for you. We need to stop that, to stop pretending to be omniscient beings. Politicians also need to learn, occasionally, to say that certain things that ______ want, certain things that voters have been promised, may be things that we cannot _______ or perhaps that we feel we should not deliver.

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  2. voters
  3. deliver
  4. politicians
  5. penguins
  6. activity
  7. answer
  8. antarctic

Original Text

But if we're really to make democracy vigorous again, if we're ready to revivify it, we need to get involved in a new project of the citizens and the politicians. Democracy is not simply a question of structures. It is a state of mind. It is an activity. And part of that activity is honesty. After I speak to you today, I'm going on a radio program called "Any Questions," and the thing you will have noticed about politicians on these kinds of radio programs is that they never, ever say that they don't know the answer to a question. It doesn't matter what it is. If you ask about child tax credits, the future of the penguins in the south Antarctic, asked to hold forth on whether or not the developments in Chongqing contribute to sustainable development in carbon capture, and we will have an answer for you. We need to stop that, to stop pretending to be omniscient beings. Politicians also need to learn, occasionally, to say that certain things that voters want, certain things that voters have been promised, may be things that we cannot deliver or perhaps that we feel we should not deliver.

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