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The Fourth “Whereas”

  • Albert Somit
  • Steven A. Peterson

Abstract

If we were to recast the case argued in the foregoing chapters as a formal resolution, it would look something like the following:
  1. 1.

    Whereas humans (i.e., Homo sapiens) are social primates and, like all social, are predisposed by their evolutionary history to live in hierarchically organized structures; and

     
  2. 2.

    Whereas, as a consequence, democratic polities (1) require special enabling for their birth and survival, conditions that need considerable time to develop and mature; are (2) fragile and relatively shortlived; (3) have been and continue even today, in the so-called Age of Democracy, to be very much a minority form of government; and

     
  3. 3.

    Whereas attempts to export democracy, that is, nation building, (1) with few exceptions have been markedly unsuccessful; and (2) where successful, have required substantial investments of time and resources by the state(s) making this attempt; and (3) the long-term success of democracy is closely tied to the health and viability of its major political exponent, the United States.

     

Keywords

Social Capital News Medium American Politics Civic Education Nation Building 
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© Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson 2005

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  • Albert Somit
  • Steven A. Peterson

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