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Banned Books Week: Solutions to Democracy's Problems Are in Books – Bloomberg

What U.S. politics lacks is precisely what great literature provides: the sense of empathy necessary for human understanding.  
Herein are all the answers, or most of them.
It’s Banned Books Week, when left and right blame each other for our tragic taste for censorship. A better use of the occasion would be to recognize the centrality of books to democracy, and to consider what Americans risk by our accelerating habit of not reading them.
How are books important to democracy?