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Bruce

Great Falls, VA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Ned Schmidtke
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    American democracy is, in many people's minds, the model for the rest of the world. Fareed Zakaria points out that the American form of democracy is one of the least democratic in use today. Members of the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve, institutions that fundamentally shape our lives, are appointed, not elected. The Bill of Rights enumerates a set of privileges to which citizens are entitled, no matter what the majority says. By restricting our democracy, we enhance our freedom.

    G Barth says: "Superb Survey of Modern Democratic Issues"
    "Excellent review of democracy and liberty"
    Overall

    I won't bother to summarize. Listen to the book. I can't believe some of the other reviewers actually listened to this book. The author is very careful to define democracy and republic, and to distinguish between the different types of democracies. He emphasizes how constitutional safeguards to liberty are essential, and how "too much" democracy can undermine these. But don't rely on my feeble attempts to describe it. Listen to it. You'll be glad you did.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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