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The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad | [Fareed Zakaria]

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

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.
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Publisher's Summary

More democracy means more freedom. Or does it?

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.

©2003 Fareed Zakaria; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A work of tremendous originality and insight." (Washington Post)
"Thought-provoking and timely." (Publishers Weekly)
"A very thoughtful and intelligent book." (Peter Jennings)
"A provocative critique of political trends fast democratizing the entire globe." (Booklist)

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    "Fareed for Prez"

    Good reading for those who want to be informed voters.

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    "Outstanding!"

    What a delightful, informative, thought-provoking body of work Mr. Zakaria has created. Includes ideas from early Greece to the critique of the BOMC, spans global and local politics. Excellently read by Mr. Schmidtke's. A 'must' listen.

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    "One sided history views."

    To the author the USA has a perfect economical and geopolitical system and sets the standard to witch other mainly third words countries should strive. The problem with this view is the lack of space to any improvement and any embitterment of capitalism. Furthermore the author sees the problem as a technical problem, and that all third world countries should do is follow a set of rules or paths to achieve liberty and freedom.
    PROBLEM: Were is the economic freedom?? How can any country achieve any level of freedom with no equal economic rights? The author also conveniently ignores the atrocities committed by the west and their repeated roll in crushing any attempts of real democracy (liberty and economic) in the third world..

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    that this is NOT a democracy -- it's a republic. Very very different.

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