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By Will Rawn 

On Second Thought: Democracy in Montana


Last updated 9/15/2023 at 12:29pm

Recently, American environmentalists envied the people of Ecuador. In Ecuador, a country where the murder rate is soaring, the economy stagnant and the national government often on the brink, a majority had just voted through a referendum to stop wrecking the Amazon basin for oil profits. For just a moment, it was hard not to fantasize, what if Americans could have a direct say on the big issues — oil drilling in the Alaska wilds, for example?

Of course, that’s not the way we do things here. As some Republicans are fond of pointing out, the United States isn’t a democracy, it’s a c...

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