Acquiescence to the candidacy of Donald Trump in the name of “democracy” is sloppy thinking.
Simplistic and unrealistic beliefs in democracy can get people killed. Bad things can happen when well-meaning people misapply good ideas. Ross Douthat says, in a recent op-ed in the New York Times that Americans, including our “officially neutral press…speak and think in the language of Democracy without appreciating the deeper wisdom of the American system.”
“You do believe in democracy, don’t you?” was a question Paul Wolfowitz, then US Deputy Secretary of Defense, posed to Paul Bremer, before he became head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq according to Neil Swidey’s recent Boston Globe profile of Bremer. Bremer later concluded that Wolfowitz wanted to be sure Bremer was not “infected” by the State Department’s “defeatist” thinking that democracy is not possible in the Middle East. Wolfowitz's slack triumphalism turned out to be more dangerous.Read more