Do Elections = Freedom?


From The Third Wave:

Elections, open, free and fair, are the essence of democracy, the inescapable sine qua non.  Governments produced by elections may be inefficient, corrupt, shortsighted, irresponsible, dominated by special interests, and incapable of adopting policies demanded by the public good.  These qualities make such governments undesirable but they do not make them undemocratic.   Democracy is one public virtue, not the only one, and the relation of democracy to other public virtues and vices can only be understood if democracy is clearly distinguished from the other characteristics of political systems.”–Samuel P. Huntington.

Have we allowed elections in Iraq too soon?  Should we have set up the infrastructure of Liberty BEFORE we instituted Democracy?  Is this one of the key reasons why Bush’s Freedom-Iraq project is such an abysmal failure?


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