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By Chilton Williamson

The finish of Democracy? 

The fall of the Berlin Wall. The cave in of the Iron Curtain. The Orange Revolution. The Arab Spring.

The rush of occasions in fresh a long time turns out to substantiate that Alexis de Tocqueville was once correct: the long run belongs to democracy. yet take a more in-depth glance. The background of democracy because the 1830s, whilst Tocqueville wrote Democracy in America, unearths a much more advanced photo. And the longer term, writer Chilton Williamson Jr. demonstrates, appears to be like relatively unpromising for democratic associations round the world.

The fall of communism sparked the preferred concept that the unfold of democracy used to be inevitable. After Tocqueville challenges this sunny concept. a variety of points of twenty-first-century lifestyles that Tocqueville might scarcely have imagined—political, monetary, social, spiritual, highbrow, technological, environmental—militate opposed to democracy, either in constructing societies and within the supposedly democratic West.

This piercing, elegantly written e-book increases the most important questions about the way forward for democracy.

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