Essay: THE WORLDWIDE STATUS OF DEMOCRACY

"Oh, liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!"

The plaint heard during the French Revolution is still widely applicable today. But perhaps even more pertinent would be a variation: "Oh, democracy, what travesties are perpetrated in thy name!" Everybody all over the world seems to want democracy, at least nominally. It is a coveted political status symbol, a powerful fetish. Yet Jefferson and Burke might very well lose their faith in reason or possibly flip their whigs, if they could survey some of the systems that today take democracy's name in vain.

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