Democracy Isn’t for Everyone

Chinese President Hu Jintao

A growing democratic awareness is rebuilding and reforming societies from both above and below, but it comes with a cost.

by Rajendra Prabhu

Two years ago, it was unthinkable that the brutal junta in Myanmar would release democracy-activist Aung San Suu Kyi from years of house arrest, allow her to contest in limited elections along with 44 of her colleagues, and allow them to sit in parliament. In April, it happened.

Many things unthinkable in the last years of the 20th century or the even first decade of this one are now surprising even the best of political and social analysts who are wondering whether our assumptions and perceptions so far need to be revisited. The push for democracy is…

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