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Reclaiming Democracy

[Extract from the closing chapter of The Nature of the Beast.]

We in the Western democracies smugly act as if we are the culmination of political evolution.  Yes, history is dominated by authoritarian rule, many despotic and a few wiser and more benevolent.  However, since “we” invented modern representative democracy none of that applies.  The people rule, we assure each other, and democracy is spreading around the world.

Except of course that every advance in democracy has been resisted, sidestepped and undermined by those who want the world to be their servant.

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