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272: Is Democracy a Universal Value?

by Philosophy Talk

Does God, or rationality, or something very basic about human sensibility, dictate that states should be organized democratically?
Genre: Spoken Word: Educational
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1. 272: Is Democracy a Universal Value? (feat. Larry Diamond)
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Americans value democracy, and expect others to value it. But is it a universal value? Does God, or rationality, or something very basic about human sensibility, dictate that states should be organized democratically? What if there were empirical evidence that some non-democratic form of government is more likely to produce human happiness, cultural achievement, and sound money? John and Ken consider the universality of democratic values with Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World. This program was recorded live at the Marsh theatre in San Francisco.


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