IRAQ: Multi-Democratic

Democracy—government by the people—nowhere exists. The nearest approach to it is in Switzerland, where referenda can be taken on the initiative of the people; but, even in other so-called democracies, representative government, with all its flaws, is the most perfectly practical form of government known; and its success is undoubtedly determined in ratio to the political consciousness of the people. When, however, representative government is introduced into backward countries whose populace is for the most part ignorant and whose leaders are often corrupt, it becomes nothing short of a farce. At...

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