June 21, 2014

Is Every Society Ready for Democracy?

Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

 

Should we stop telling people to fight for democracy?

A few years ago that question would have seemed absurd: The sweep of free elections across Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America had improved living standards for hundreds of millions, reversed decades of autocratic rot and reduced conflicts and violence. As a thing to campaign for and support with dollars and words, democracy was the safest of bets: Once won, it seemed to open doors.

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