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    • Eric
    • 17.05.06 | 22:57 (IDT)

    Jon #37 has raided a key point. Democracy requires tolerance and personal responsibility to accept and enforce the goals that favor the betterment of society as a whole. Those steeped in hundreds of years of poverty and brutal tribal rivalry learned to fend for themselves and their families under regimes with clear rules and swift retribution. There is no history or cultural ethos of liberal education and economic opportunities to produce the enlightened self-interest needed to accept democracy. Can Jon be right, that for the majority of residents of Arab states, dictatorship is a better form of government because the necessary conditions for democracy do not yet exist?

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