The Trouble with Democracy

June 17th, 2011
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Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War gives us one of the earliest accounts of the follies of democracy.  In the wake of a series of defeats on the Peloponnese, the charismatic and popular Athenian general, Alcibiades, called for a campaign against Sicily.  For several reasons the campaign was a bad idea, but the Athenians were

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  • Joe_higashi

    It is true that democratic leaders are hindered significantly when formulating policy against long-time dictators.  Dictators have many advantages unfortunately.  It is time the US and south korea form some coherent NK policy I believe, rather than changing every time there is an election.  This is no way to solve the problem.

  • Joe_higashi

    It is true that democratic leaders are hindered significantly when formulating policy against long-time dictators.  Dictators have many advantages unfortunately.  It is time the US and south korea form some coherent NK policy I believe, rather than changing every time there is an election.  This is no way to solve the problem.