Sunday, November 18, 2007

Two steps back in Georgia

Here's a link to the Register's editorial on the declaration of a state-of-emergency/martial law in Georgia, a country President Bush rather prematurely lauded a couple of years ago as a model of democracy and freedom of the press, etc. The focus on holding an election that comes out the way you'd like it to as proof that "democracy" is winning around the world and your crusade is working highlights how wrongheaded it is to emphasize "democracy" as the goal rather than the conditions that make a democracy (almost) workable: an independent civil society, personal liberties responsibly and consistently exercised and protection for civil rights and freedoms.

Georgia might go through a number of iterations before it becomes something approaching a genuine free society, or it might never get there.

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