Democracy

Democracy

Stories From the Long Road to Freedom

Book - 2017
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Publisher: New York : Twelve, c2017
ISBN: 9781455540181
1455540188
Branch Call Number: 321.8 Rice
Characteristics: viii, 486 pages, [8 unnumbered pages of plates] : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 23 cm

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21288004246712
Apr 24, 2018

great appreciation of democracy and its vulnerabilities, but analysis is too academic for my liking

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rpavlacic
Sep 12, 2017

This book begins with a rather disingenuous premise - that the United States was the ONLY democracy in the world in 1800. (There were others - Switzerland, for example.) But it does go on a worldwide tour of places where democracy has been tried; and why it has succeeded in places like Germany, Poland and Kenya, failed in much of the Middle East, and is in serious trouble in locales like Ukraine and Colombia. The book concludes by saying democracy is the right of all peoples of the world - a given - but also warns it may be not seen as a viable option if America itself reverts to nativism - also a given. (A veiled shot at Trump, perhaps?) A passable book by Dr Rice but by no means remarkable.

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StarGladiator
May 13, 2017

Who could have ever foreseen someone would write a book like this? [Oh . . . puhleeeeeaaassse . . .]

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rpavlacic
Sep 12, 2017

"Democracy has gained adherents in the context of this global order - though admittedly in fits and starts. Can it continue to do so if America and others withdraw from the responsibilities of the system they created? What will happen to those who still seek liberty in a world told to go its own way? What becomes of those still living in tyranny if we cease to tell others that democracy is a superior form of government and that its tenets are universal? We cannot possibly know the answer to those questions, but we do know that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - populism, nativism, protectionism and isolationism - served neither democracy nor peace the last time around."

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