Things fall apart in the United States — and Canada takes a hard look in the mirror

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We assume we’re immune to the forces now threatening the American experiment. We shouldn’t. John Turner, who passed away in September, was particularly fond of a phrase that could stand now as an abiding lesson for everyone who has watched the chaotic last four years of the American experiment. “Democracy,” the former prime minister used to say, “does not happen by accident.” He seemed to have meant that as a call for democratic and political participation. It works equally as well as a broader statement on democracy itself and the steady progress it’s supposed to facilitate — neither of which can be taken as automatic or inevitable. “America is no fragile thing,” former president Barack Obama said nearly four years ago as he prepared to leave the White House. “But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.”