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The Extremist Threat to American Democratic Culture

Representative democracies—successful, stable ones—are fragile things. They require a set of attitudes and habits, which are not found in sufficient degree in most of the world's polities, that combine the concepts of majority rule and loyal opposition with an acceptance of the need to compromise. These attitudes and habits are even more important to successful representative democracies than are formal institutions, as suggested by the written constitutions of many authoritarian states that on paper look just as democratic as those in Western countries that are widely regarded as successful democracies.

Den Artikel von Paul Pillar gibts bei The National Interest (über das Dossier)

publiziert Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:50:22 +0200 #ausland #politik #terror #usa

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