Democracy — The Hayek Debate Revised
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Political democracy is an ancient Western ideal. It is difficult to define. Often it is negatively defined, as for instance when Winston Churchill said in 1947 that it is “the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time”, echoing Aristotle, who in his discussion about the three forms of rule (kingship, aristocracy, and timocracy) and their three perversions (tyranny, oligarchy, and democracy) said that “of these three perversions the least bad is democracy”.1) This is essentially also the standpoint of the present author.
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