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Is Democracy a Dirty Word?

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Abraham Lincoln famously said that democracy is of the people, by the people and for the people; Winston Churchill said that the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter…and American journalist Sydney J Harris wrote that ‘Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.’

But what do they mean by democracy?

Sydney Writers’ Festival _ ABC BigIdeas _ May 29, 2011

The rise of China gives question to the notion that democracy is a prerequisite for First World status. Democracy produced unwelcome results (for some) in Palestine and Lebanon, while the abruptly shifting sands in the Middle East are calling for democracy as the answer to long-time dictatorships.

AC Grayling, John Keane and Michael Wesley dissect the D-word

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