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The United Kingdom's vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president exposed a deep generational divide.In the U.S., Trump won 53 percent of the over-65 vote, but was supported by 37 percent of 18-29-year-olds.Polonski points out that our government institutions were established not just before Facebook and Instagram, but even before television and radio. Whereas our economy is now characterized by choice, customization, and participation, our politics remains stifled by bureaucracy, special interests, and entrenched-yet-declining political parties. Dibarboure's concept relies on neither elections nor referenda. Instead of representative or direct democracy, it offers what she and Polonski call "liquid democracy" – a system that combines the best of both. Polonski and Dibarboure are members of a community of 6,000 "global shapers," brought together by the World Economic Forum. Rather than defend the status quo from the counterrevolution, the political class should work to create a new system – one that responds to the needs of the people.
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