Democracy and the Paradoxes of Cultural Diversity
Iliya Harik

The object of this essay is to discuss the political and cultural dilemma involved in the globalization of democracy in a way which may ease our trepidation, though at the expense of shaking our profound confidence and of raising the other cultures by highlighting the similarities they share with us. But do we need this, considering our tremendously advantages position? The answer is yes, first because our power is really not limitless, as we have swiftly learned after our invasion of Iraq. Second, our need to build bridges with the rest of the world is not as onerous as it at times seems to be. Third, showing that democracy has man faces and speaks with many tongues may help us understand ourselves better by understanding the others.

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