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Democracy On Trial

The traditional, and often distorted, concept of democracy as practiced by those in power leads to an assumption that minorities should be prepared, not only to conform with the discriminatory norms of the majority, but that individuals have the inherent capability of such conformity. Secession movements are sometimes sought as an alternative to conformity. They are usually opposed by the majority on the grounds that they are disruptive of the nation-state. They are, nevertheless, pursued even at great cost by a human need for identity. For these reasons democracy has built into it the seeds of conflict. We are led, therefore, to question yet another assumption, that the nation-state is still the appropriate unit within the world society. Secession has become such a widespread problem that each fears that change in any one sovereign state will invite changes in its own. In these circumstances human rights and political legitimization are sacrificed at the altar of maintenance of a sovereign nation-state system that includes the results of colonial aggression.
Democracy On Trial Democracy On Trial Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on April 27, 2016 Rating: 5

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