Is Democratic Theory for Export?

Sixth Annual Morgenthau Memorial Lecture on Ethics and Foreign Policy

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Jacques Barzun Jacques Barzun

Is Democratic Theory for Export? Is Democratic Theory for Export?

Cultural historian Jacques Barzun argues that democracy is not an ideology that can be exported but a historical development and mode of life peculiar to the political context in which it developed. Extrapolating from this, we can say that attempts to base a foreign policy on the idea of exporting democracy—as sought by both the Reagan and Clinton administrations—will forever be doomed to failure.

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