Iraq, Democracy, and the Fragility of Freedom

From the Federalist Papers #10:

The inference to which we are brought is, that the CAUSES of

faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in

the means of controlling its EFFECTS.

 

If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is

supplied by the republican principle, which enables the majority to

defeat its sinister views by regular vote. It may clog the

administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable

to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution.

When a majority is included in a faction, the form of popular

government, on the other hand, enables it to sacrifice to its ruling

passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other

citizens. To secure the public good and private rights against the

danger of such a faction, and at the same time to preserve the

spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object

to which our inquiries are directed. 

It is also the great object facing those who hope to make of Iraq a thriving democracy. Democracies are, by their very nature, a fragile form of government.  And this fragility is its’ strength.  But, the building of such an istitution must not be approached without great respect for this fragility, else it may never come to fruition.  We are seeing the effects.

(Hat tip: Carson)

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One response to “Iraq, Democracy, and the Fragility of Freedom

  1. Factions are important in any liberal society. Without it, there would be little balance and checking of other elites.

    Also, I will say this, I am not sure the concept of democracy really exists. Blacks really did not have political power until 1970. We are not a theocratic state, yet we define the laws of marriage according to the Christian Bible. How and why do we push a belief on people about love and partners that might or might not subscribe to this. Furthermore, have you noticed that only rich people who have the connections to raise millions can be in political office — both Republicans and Democrats. The poor still do not have a voice.

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