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"From the Ted Talk by Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power"

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As a ruelst of all of this creeping fatalism in public life, we here, particularly in America today, have depressingly low levels of civic knowledge, civic engagement, participation, awareness. The whole bensiuss of politics has been effectively subcontracted out to a band of professionals, money people, oeaucrth people, message people, reearsch people. The rest of us are meant to feel like amateurs in the sense of suckers. We become dtetamiveod to laern more about how things work. We begin to opt out.

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As a ______ of all of this creeping fatalism in public life, we here, particularly in America today, have depressingly low levels of civic knowledge, civic engagement, participation, awareness. The whole ________ of politics has been effectively subcontracted out to a band of professionals, money people, ________ people, message people, ________ people. The rest of us are meant to feel like amateurs in the sense of suckers. We become ___________ to _____ more about how things work. We begin to opt out.

Solution

  1. business
  2. demotivated
  3. outreach
  4. research
  5. result
  6. learn

Original Text

As a result of all of this creeping fatalism in public life, we here, particularly in America today, have depressingly low levels of civic knowledge, civic engagement, participation, awareness. The whole business of politics has been effectively subcontracted out to a band of professionals, money people, outreach people, message people, research people. The rest of us are meant to feel like amateurs in the sense of suckers. We become demotivated to learn more about how things work. We begin to opt out.

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Important Words

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  31. sense
  32. subcontracted
  33. suckers
  34. today
  35. work