The Democracy Trap: Perils Of The Post-Cold War World

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The Democracy Trap: Perils Of The Post-Cold War World

By Graham E. Fuller
Dutton, 1991
285 pp. $20.00
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This is an extended discussion keyed to Winston Churchill's famous remark that "democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." The author, who served many years in the U.S. foreign service and CIA, fears that democracy may not be able to adjust to the strains of race, economic inequality and moral uncertainty. There is an especially good chapter on democracy and ecology. On the one hand there could arise an environmental totalitarianism as antithetical to democracy as Marxism. On the other hand: "Democracy and free enterprise must never become synonymous with a helpless hedonism, global neglect and isolation from the needs of the growing have-nots of the world."