Via Dean’s World com…
Via Dean’s World comes a blog post by R. J. Rummel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, that the idea that America is not a democracy is only true if you still cling to the 18th century definition of the word. He notes that we don’t cling to the 200-year-old definition of “liberal” anymore (18th century liberals are today’s conservatives or libertarians, based on the ideas expounded), so why should we do so for the word “democracy”?

It’s a very good point, and he explains the different kinds of democracies today, as opposed to what we’d now call a “pure democracy”, which means now what just “democracy” meant then. His point; the United States is both a democracy and a republic.

(I’m having a “Certs-Two-Mints-In-One” flashback.)

Rummel also has a post on proving that democratization of the world really does reduce warfare, and he’s got the charts & graphs to prove it.

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