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The Age of Democracy May Be Over

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

In the trade-off between freedom and order, people will ultimately opt for order. Why are these outbursts of violent protests and rioting taking place in stable, free, and prosperous societies? If the beneficiaries of freedoms and democratic rights come to regard them as insufficient to produce the political, economic, and social results they demand, what does that portend for democracy’s future? If the “end of history” and worldwide triumph of democratic capitalism thesis has, as most agree, been disproven, is it possible that the Age of Democracy is itself a passing phase in the history of the West and the world?