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Democracy: The Least Bad Form of Government

Ian Morris
Board of Contributors
Oct 7, 2015 | 08:00 GMT
In 2007, EU polls found that around the world, regardless of country, continent, age, gender or religion, about 80 percent of respondents believed democracy was the best way to run a society. And yet, very few people felt this way until very recently.

In 2007, EU polls found that around the world, regardless of country, continent, age, gender or religion, about 80 percent of respondents believed democracy was the best way to run a society. And yet, very few people felt this way until very recently.

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"No-one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise," Winston Churchill observed in 1947. "Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." And most people tend to agree with Churchill's sentiment that nothing beats the wisdom of the crowd. But few people felt this way until very recently....

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