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Winning essay: ‘The Infiltration of Democracy’

At 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2013, I was sitting in my high school’s large presentation room, facing one of the most remarkable modern American intellectuals. The man who my peers and I were staring at on the projector screen was Noam Chomsky, an eighty-two year old American political commentator. My history teacher had arranged an open discussion with Chomsky, and he spoke to us about a range of current issues including threats to democracy. Chomsky intriguingly addressed the influence of private interests in politics today, which prompted me to learn about the issue. After researching, I had examined quite enough evidence to realize that Chomsky was correct in his claim. The intrusive presence of private interests in American politics is the largest threat to democracy because it directly garners higher priority than civilian interest and contributes to deceiving voters.

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